On Thursday, the 19-year-old Justin Bieber was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without an expired driver’s license in Miami Beach, Fla.
The Miami Beach Police Department confirmed the arrest on its official Twitter page, adding that his friend, Khalil Amir Sharieff was also arrested.
The troubled teen star was driving a bright yellow Lamborghini at up to 60mph in a 30mph speed limit zone while allegedly racing rapper Khalil Sharief who was driving a Ferrari.
Before the arrest, the Canadian superstar had spent a night partying with model Chantel Jeffries and allegedly admitted that he had been smoking marijuana ‘all day’, taking anti-depressants and drinking beer when he was stopped at 4am.
After multiple officers initiated a traffic stop, police asked Bieber to park his vehicle, and the singer began swearing, saying “What the f*ck did I do? Why did you stop me?”
The police report states that the officer “immediately smelled an odor of alcohol emanating from the driver’s breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver had slow deliberate movements and a stuper look on his face.”
According to TMZ website, the star also told police that his mother Pattie Mallette gave him Xanax, one of the prescription drugs he was on during his arrest. The site also reported his blood alcohol content was .04; Florida has no tolerance for underage drunk drivers.
There is no minimum sentence for a first offence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. If under 21, there is an automatic six-month licence suspension. A first conviction for drag racing carries a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000 and a one-year licence suspension.
Looking all smiley in his bright red jail fatigues, Bieber and Sharieff appeared by video link for their arraignment hearing. Both of them remained silent as their defense attorney, Roy Black, negotiated bond. Bieber was released from Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami around 2 p.m. ET, after posting a “standard” $2,500 bail, issued by Miami Beach Judge Joseph Farina.
After the release, he had stopped sniffling long enough to climb atop a waiting SUV and wave to fans.
Earlier in the night, Sharief – who performs as Khalil and was formerly signed with Def Jam Records – posted a photo on Instagram showing Bieber in a Lamborghini with a young lady behind the wheel.
The woman turned out to be 21-year-old fashion model Chantel Jeffries, was also taken into custody, but was not charged. However, she has a reputation of a bad girl and has been arrested several times, the last one in 2011 for cutting a woman during a fight in North Carolina, according to court records.
The Bieber’s arrest follows a bizarre incident earlier this month in which singer allegedly hurled raw eggs at his California neighbor’s house. Earlier, the pop star’s bodyguard sued the singer who repeatedly berated him, hit him in the chest and owes him more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages. The case is scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles next month.