Justin Bieber arrested for DUI
Justin Bieber, once a wholesome heart throb and now bona fide bad boy, was arrested early this morning in Florida on suspicion of DUI and drag racing. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.
A police spokesman told the Herald that members of Bieber's entourage were using their cars to block traffic at Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street to create a drag strip. Bieber was in a Lamborghini.
Miami Dade-Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told WSVN in South Florida that officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday. Hernandez says two vehicles apparently had been used to block off an area to race. He says the second car was a red Ferrari, driven by 19-year-old R&B singer Khalil Sharieff who was also arrested. Both cars were towed.
Hernandez says 19-year-old Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer and processing.
Bieber was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired Georgia license.
Justin Bieber made an appearance in court later Thursday. He was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on $2,500 bond. Sharieff's bail was set at $1,000.
He was released from jail on Thursday following the charges.
Miami Beach police released Bieber's mugshot via their Twitter account:
Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent or more - a level he could reach with one drink. For 21 and over, it is .08 percent.
For a first DUI offense, there is no minimum sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21, there is an automatic six-month license suspension.
First offense of a drag-racing offense nets a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.
Earlier in the week, Bieber reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars at the King of Diamonds strip club in South Florida. The Herald reports that the Opa-locka police department has also said it is investigating an officer who gave Bieber and his crew an unauthorized escort through traffic from the airport.
And that doesn't even count the Los Angeles egg throwing incident late last year involving Bieber.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.