Reuters

Reuters

Singer Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach before dawn Thursday after a street-racing incident, police said. He spent 10 hours in custody and was released from a Miami Dade county jail Thursday afternoon.

Bieber, 19, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and having an expired driver’s license from the state of Georgia, Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Hernandez said.

Bieber and a friend, singer Khalil Amir Sharieff, 19, of Calabasas, Cal., were in separate sports cars when they were stopped by police at 4:10 a.m. near Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach.

Sharieff was charged with DUI, police said.

Police said based upon their investigation, a combination of prescription medication, cannabis and alcohol may have contributed to Bieber being impaired while driving.

Just after 1 p.m., Thursday, Bieber and Sharieff appeared via video in red inmate outfits before a Miami Dade judge to hear the charges against them, a hearing that was carried live by South Florida news outlets.

The judge found probable cause for the charges and ordered a $2,500 bond for Bieber and a $1,000 bond for Sharieff. Once bail is paid, they will be released from jail.

Bieber was driving a yellow Lamborghini and Sharieff was in a red Ferrari, both rental cars, when they were stopped in the predawn darkness, Hernandez said.

Before police stopped them, the drivers were being followed by two SUVs that were part of Bieber’s entourage along Pine Tree Drive. The trucks were traveling slowly to block traffic so that the low-slung, sexy and fast cars could race, police said.

Pine Tree Drive is about three miles long and is lined with luxury homes in places. It has gentle curves and its lanes run north and south along the east side of Miami Beach, and is separated by a tree-lined median.

The speed there is 30 mph, Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said.

A police officer was traveling south on Pine Tree Drive when he passed two cars street racing at an estimated 55 mph to 60 mph on the northbound side, Martinez said. That officer stopped the Ferrari and a second officer stopped the Lamborghini near 41st Street.

“When he confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong aroma of alcohol beverage,” Martinez said.

The police chief said that when Bieber was first approached by police, “he was a little belligerent, using some choice words, questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him. Once he was here at the station, he was very cooperative. We did not have any issues with him.”

The men were taken to Miami Beach Police headquarters. On the way, Bieber told a police officer that he was not drunk and that he had just left a recording studio, the police report states.
“During the investigation, Mr. Bieber made statements that he had consumed some alcohol, had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication,” Martinez said.

Martinez later said Bieber told police he’d had a beer.

At about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Bieber and Sharieff were taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility that is just northwest of Miami International Airport.

Earlier Thursday morning, Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez said Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach Police headquarters to be offered a breathalyzer.
Outside Miami Beach Police headquarters on Washington Avenue, four satellite trucks and about 100 photographers were gathered outside and two helicopters hovered overhead.

Justin Bieber likes visiting South Florida and has been seen at AmericanAirlines Arena, watching a Miami Heat game with Micky Arison, the team’s managing general partner and chairman of Carnival Corporation.

But trouble seemed attracted to him as soon as he landed at Opa-locka Executive Airport early Monday evening. Opa Locka Police have begun an internal affairs investigation into how their officers ended up going to the airport and escorting Bieber, who visited a Miami strip club that night.

King of Diamonds Gentlemen’s Club said it complied with Florida law and did not serve Bieber alcohol because he is under 21.

“Mr. Bieber was not served any alcohol during his visit, nor did he request to be served any alcohol during his visit,” the statement says. “He made no attempt to purchase any alcoholic beverage. Mr. Bieber did purchase single dollar bills for the evening’s events but the amount being reported is grossly exaggerated.”

The club called the singer “courteous, professional, and respectful,” and “an absolute gentleman” who it would welcome back.

Opa Locka Police spokesman and Assistant City Manager David Chiverton said that while its officers actions are being reviewed, “at this point there is no discussion involving Mr. Beiber in this investigation.”

Miami Dade court records show Bieber was involved in a civil lawsuit and there was a hearing scheduled for this week.

Bieber rented the expensive, exotic sports cars – a red Ferrari 16M worth about $260,000 for Sharieff and the yellow Lamborghini LP 550 worth about $270,000 for himself — for just one night, Lou La Vie Exotic Car Rental owner John Temerian said.

Temerian said despite Bieber’s youth, he was impressed with the singer’s personality and appreciation for the cars.

“He seemed like a very, very nice guy,” Temerian said. “I was really impressed with him in terms of his character. I’ve met other celebrities who are nasty and don’t look you in the eye.”

His company’s usual customers are executives and second-home owners as well as celebrities when they come to town.

As for handing over the keys to a teenager, Temerian said, “I had some apprehension because of his age, but we take our precautions. He has a Ferrari in California. He knows the cars very well, and that makes me much more comfortable. The concern is less when you’re renting to someone experienced with the vehicle and knows it.”

The Miami car dealer said he felt sympathetic toward his client’s situation.

“It’s too bad,” Temerian said. “You’ve got to feel for him, whatever he’s going through now. There’s nothing more fun than an awesome car. But you’ve got to respect it and the laws of the road. He’s got to slow down. He’s got so much going for him.”

Glendon Hall, president of the LaGorce Pine Tree Homeowners Association, said residents have complained about speeding along the byway for many years, and that speed bumps were installed between 51st and 63rd Streets to slow down drivers who knew it as a good racing spot.

“There have been multiple wrecks and fatalities in the neighborhood,” said Hall. “Pine Tree Drive is like a slalom and driver’s think it’s fun, that it’s their personal race track. It’s impacting the quality of life. The neighborhood is changing, younger families are moving in with children and we want them to be safe.”

He said he’s glad there was an incident to bring attention to the problem and that no one was injured.

“Speeding on the beach has to be eliminated,” Hall said. “We recognize we’ll have tourists. But visitors have to respect the area. People live here.”

His comments were echoed in a statement released by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who said the alleged street racing in a residential neighborhood was “unfortunate.”

He praised Miami Beach cops for the handling of the matter and said “no preferential treatment will be afforded to anyone, regardless of their high-profile or celebrity status.”

During Thursday’s brief, initial court appearance, Bieber and Sharieff were represented by famed criminal defense attorney Roy Black. The next steps in their cases will include a review of evidence by the state attorney’s office and if it goes forward, perhaps in a month, there may be formal arraignments for the pair.

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