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Bieber busted on drag-racing allegation

A sober-looking Justin Bieber was released from jail following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired licence and resisting arrest.

Police say they stopped the 19-year-old pop star while he was drag-racing down a Miami Beach street before dawn.

Bieber was arrested yesterday after police said they saw him heading down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini at twice the speed limit.

 

LICENCE

Officers say he had an expired licence, was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over and smelled of alcohol.

Police say Bieber later admitted that he had been drinking, smoking marijuana and taking prescription medication.

R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff was arrested in the same incident. He is charged with driving under the influence. Police said Khalil was driving a Ferrari.

Bieber and Khalil, wearing bright red jail fatigues, were arraigned via a video link from jail. They remained silent while defence attorney Roy Black negotiated bond. Bieber's bond was set at $2,500.

Khalil's bond was set at $1,000.

Black, a high-profile lawyer whose clients have included Rush Limbaugh and William Kennedy Smith, said he thought the case would proceed "hopefully as any other case would" in light of Bieber's celebrity status.

 

COOPERATION

Earlier yesterday, police chief Ray Martinez said at a news conference that the singer was initially not cooperative when the officer pulled him over.

Martinez said the singer also had an invalid Georgia driver's licence and admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication and drinking.

According to the arrest report, Bieber "had slow deliberate movements" and a look of stupor on his face when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle.

Bieber was placed under arrest after repeatedly refusing to put his hands on his vehicle so the officer could pat him down to look for weapons, the report said.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer, police said. Results haven't been released.

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