Justin Bieber has been charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid licence, police in Miami said on Thursday.
Bieber, 19, was arrested in the early hours of the morning after he was caught drag racing a yellow Lamborghini, according to police. Officers said that he smelled of alcohol and swore when he was pulled over.
Miami Beach police chief Raymond Martinez said officers estimated Bieber was driving at “anywhere up to 55 to 60mph” when stopped in a 30mph zone. He was detained at 4.09am ET.
Martinez told reporters that Bieber, who has released three studio albums and two books, was “a little belligerent, using some choice words”, when police arrested him.
Bieber’s friend, Khalil Sharieff, was also arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. Police said Sharieff, who tweeted at 3.07am Thursday that he was “Just livin life, blessed”, was racing Bieber in a red Ferrari.
A judge later set Bieber’s bail at $2,500.
The Miami Beach police department published Bieber’s arrest report on its Twitter feed. The report said two black SUVs had blocked Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach, which “facilitated an open road”, enabling Bieber and Sharieff to race.
When the arrested officer attempted to stop Bieber – whose hit As Long As You Love Me delivers the tender message that a simple love can defy all hardship a couple might face – the singer inquired: “Why the fuck are you doing this?”
Bieber continued to ask: “What the fuck did I do? Why did you stop me?” and is said to have later assured the officer: “I ain’t got no fucking weapons.”
The police report said there was “an odor of alcohol emanating” from Bieber’s breath. The 19-year-old reportedly had a “flushed face [and] bloodshot eyes” when he was being taken the police station. Police also learned Bieber had an expired Georgia driving licence.
Martinez said Bieber “did acknowledge that he did take a prescription medication and that he had been smoking marijuana and that he did consume a beer”.
We have first pictures of Justin Bieber being arrested for drunk driving: