Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday in connection with DUI and drag racing, RadarOnline.com has confirmed.
The “Baby” singer, according to NBC6, was departing from a club behind the wheel of a rented yellow Lamborghini, when police apprehended him at Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street on suspicion of drag racing.
Police said that the singer’s hangers-on had blocked off the intersection to set up a drag strip for the fast-living showman.
Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Miami Herald that officers had a tough time of apprehending the group, as “when the cars are going that fast, it takes awhile to catch up.” (The NY Daily News reported that a second car was pulled over directly in front of the Canadian pop star.)
When he was taken into custody at 4:30 a.m., Bieber, 19, flunked a field sobriety test. After further testing, Martinez told the paper that singer — who didn’t have a valid driver’s license on his person — was determined to be under the influence of drugs.
Bieber reportedly unleashed a barrage of f-words when he was detained.
He also told officers that he had a beer, was under the influence of anti-depressants and had been smoking marijuana all day, according to the paper.
Bieber was taken to Dade County’s main jail where he will be booked.
The oft-troubled singer was in South Florida following a quick excursion to Cuba Wednesday, where he retreated to in the wake of mounting problems after his Calabasas, Calif. mansion was examined by police following an incident with a neighbor and drugs were apprehended at the scene.
He’s spent the rest of his time in South Florida at the beach, or at King of Diamonds, a gentleman’s club where he reportedly treated pal Lil Scrappy to a $75,000 birthday bash. (New reports emanating from the area indicated officials in Opa-Locka, Fla. are looking into claims he had a police detail squiring him around town.)
In 2014 alone, Bieber has already been implicated of: presiding over a drug-laden party pad to the chagrin of his neighbors; attacking one of those neighbor’s homes with eggs, leading to a police investigation that turned up drugs, and could have consequences for the singer at the felony level; taunting, and sending unwanted pics of his genitals to ex Selena Gomez; and being linked to the frequent consumption of illegal drugs such as marijuana and “sizzurp”, a potent codeine-based liquid.
The parade of unsightly headlines have crippled the once-wholesome singer’s commercial appeal, as his film Believe tanked at the box office, while concert ticket sales have lagged as his target demographic has found new heartthrobs to fawn over.
The singer’s mother Pattie Mallette Wednesday encouraged his fans to pray for her son, saying, “I ask that people keep me and Justin in their minds. I pray for him every day … I think so many people go into the entertainment industry with amazing Christian roots and they get influenced somehow.”
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