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Justin Bieber faces DUI, drag racing charges in Miami arrest

Pop star Justin Drew Bieber's mug shot from his arrest Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami Beach on charges of driving under the influence, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence, and driving without a valid licence. Miami Beach Police Department

Pop star Justin Drew Bieber's mug shot from his arrest Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami Beach on charges of driving under the influence, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence, and driving without a valid licence. Miami Beach Police Department

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early today and charged with driving under the influence, drag racing and resisting arrest without violence.

The singer, 19, was expected to be released after a judge set bail at $2,500 early Thursday afternoon.

Bieber had been held at the Miami Beach police station and then Miami-Dade county jail since his arrest. The court appearance was conducted by video soon after 1 p.m. ET.

Bieber was nabbed and taken into custody soon after 4 a.m. ET Thursday, police said. 

Bieber, who was born in London, Ont., raised in nearby Stratford, but now lives in the Los Angeles area, has had several incidents with law enforcement officials in the past month. In Miami, he had been racing a rented, yellow Lamborghini alongside a red Ferrari driven by a friend identified as rhythm and blues singer Khalil.

At a morning news conference, Miami Beach police Chief Raymond Martinez said Bieber was "a little belligerent, questioning, using some choice words, why he had been stopped."

Martinez said Bieber was tested, and acknowledged that he been smoking marijuana and drinking beer, and had taken a prescription medicine. The chief said he didn't know the nature of the prescription drug. He also said Bieber was using an invalid Georgia driver's licence.

Bieber's blood-alcohol levels weren't released.

Co-operative at station

The racing consisted of going from a standing start on Pine Tree Drive — a residential area where the speed limit is 50 km/h — to approximately 100 km/h, Martinez said. 

"Once he was here at the station, he was very co-operative," Martinez said. "We did not have any issues with him."

The arresting officer's statement, released at about 11 a.m., said Bieber was directed to get out of the Lamborghini once the officer saw his bloodshot eyes and smelled alcohol. Bieber said to him: "Why the f--- are you doing this?"

Once Bieber got out of the car, the officer asked him to put his hands on the vehicle and keep his hands out of his pockets.

"Fearing that the driver might have a weapon or contraband, I asked the driver to place his hands on his vehicle in order to facilitate a cursory patdown for weapons," the statement says.

Bieber responded: "What the f--- did I do, why did you stop me?"

The pop star was asked again to put his hands on the car. Bieber complied, but soon removed them and turned to face the officer.

Bieber is quoted as then saying: "I ain't got no f---ing weapons. Why do you have to search me? What the f--- is this about?"

After Bieber had three times failed to keep his hands on the car, the officer took his right hand and put him under arrest. Bieber tried to pull away, but was then taken into custody "with no further incident," the statement says.

The officer gave Bieber a standardized field sobriety test on a flat, well-lit surface. Bieber "did not perform to standards," the officer's statement says.

Bieber had been in the Miami area for a few days and had reportedly been visiting a club on Lincoln Road on Wednesday night.

Earlier reports indicated the musician’s entourage had used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street, creating a drag strip for Bieber.

Bad January

Bieber has had an active month with U.S. law enforcement officials.

On Jan. 4, detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department found drugs and arrested an associate of the singer during a search of Bieber's home. The officers were looking for evidence of an earlier egg-tossing vandalism incident.

Police noted that Bieber, his security and entourage co-operated fully with the search, but did not make an official statement.

The singer was neither arrested nor exonerated in the felony vandalism incident, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said.

Bieber lives in a gated community in Calabasas, a celebrity enclave northwest of downtown L.A.

Last October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbour complained he drove recklessly through the area.

In November 2012, prosecutors also declined to charge Bieber when the singer was accused of punching and hitting a man after leaving a Calabasas movie theatre.

On mobile device? See court documents here, here, and here.

Warning: Documents contain coarse language

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