Thu 23 Jan 2014
Justin Bieber’s legal troubles go from bad to worse. According to NBC 6 South Florida, the Canadian pop star was arrested for DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach early Thursday morning (Jan. 23). TMZ reports that Bieber had just left a club before being pulled over by the cops in a rented Lamborghini. He is currently in police custody and is being tested to measure his blood alcohol level. His next stop will be jail, where he will be booked, processed and bail will be set.
Hit the jump for all the updates on this developing story…
UPDATE #1: TMZ reports that Justin Bieber was also busted for resisting arrest without violence (he cussed the cop out, a lot) and driving on an expired license. According to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Justin told police he had drank, smoked weed and took pills.
JUST IN from Miami Police: Bieber told police he'd consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken rx pills. #CNN
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) January 23, 2014
According to Miami Beach Police, Justin was racing against another Lamborghini driver, Khalil Sharief, who was also arrested. He posted a picture of JB in his yellow Lambo on Instagram.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) January 23, 2014
More details via TMZ:
According to the police report — obtained by TMZ — cops approached Bieber’s car and they instantly realized he reeked of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. He had a “stupor” look on his face.
The police report says … Bieber was defiant from the get-go, yelling at the cops, “Why the f**k are you doing this?” He also yelled, “What the f**k did I do. Why did you stop me?”
When the officer tried to perform a routine pat down, Bieber said, “I ain’t got no f**king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f**k is this about?” Bieber claimed he wasn’t drunk and coming back from recording music. That’s not true, because we knew he was at a club.
Now the basis for the resisting arrest charge — Before the pat down, as Bieber got out of the car, he “kept going into his pants pocket.” The cop ordered him to put his hands on the vehicle, and Bieber initially complied but soon took his hands off the car, turned and then cussed out the cop.
The cop then grabbed Justin by the right arm, Justin pulled his arm away, and said, “What the f**k are you doing?”
The report says Justin was driving between 55 and 60 MPH in a 30 MPH residential area.
— Missinfo (@Missinfo) January 23, 2014
UPDATE #2: Justin Bieber appeared in court this afternoon for his first appearance in the DUI and resisting arrest case. The judge has set the bond at $2500. Justin is expected to be released today on bail (via NBC 6 South Florida).
Miami Beach Police has released the full police report.
UPDATE #3: Footage of Bieber leaving a Miami-Dade County jail. At one point, hopping on a waiting SUV and waiving to screaming fans before being whisked away from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Video via NBC Miami.