Justin Bieber Arrested on DUI, Drag Racing Charges in Miami

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Jan. 23 2014 9:20 AM

Justin Bieber Arrested on DUI, Drag Racing Charges in Miami

Justin Bieber attends the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Justin Bieber's Believe' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California

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Good luck today, Internet, you're going to need it. The Miami Herald with the news:

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Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday on charges of DUI and drag-racing, a police spokesman said. The bad-boy musician’s entourage had apparently used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street, a residential area, at 4:30 a.m., creating a drag strip for the young star, who was in a Lamborghini.
Test showed that Bieber was under the influence of drugs, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Miami Herald. ... Bieber told officers that he had a beer, was under the influence of anti-depressants and had been smoking marijuana all day, according to police sources.

Bieber's rented Lamborghini was being trailed by multiple SUVs when officers began to give chase, according to police sources who spoke with local-affiliate NBC 6 South Florida. Given how fast the Canadian pop star was traveling, it apparently took some time for the cops to catch up to him and the other car that he was racing. According to the story Martinez relayed to the Herald, Bieber was largely incoherent when officers finally reached him, and was less than cordial, managing to resist arrest without violence but with a barrage of f-words. For good measure: He also did not have a valid license, according to police.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test, according to police, and was taken to a police station for processing earlier this morning. He was expected to be moved to the county jail for processing at some point. The arrest represents Bieber's latest brush with the law. Earlier this month, one of his L.A. neighbors accused Bieber and his entourage of egging of his home. Officers then searched the singer's home, during which one of his friends was arrested for possession of drugs. "We didn't do this search warrant to send a message," Sheriff's Lt. David Thompson said then. "That's not what we do, but we hope maybe that understanding the gravity of this will change some of the behavior."

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