In the early-morning hours of Jan. 23, 2014, teen idol Justin Bieber was arrested for driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami Beach. According to CNN, Bieber (who is 19) was busted while driving a rented yellow Lamborghini and racing a red Ferrari that was reportedly being driven by singer Khalil (full name Khalil Amir Sharieff). Bieber was arrested after failing a sobriety test. Khalil was also arrested for DUI.
Bieber was reportedly driving 50 to 60 miles per hour in a 30 miles-per-hour zone. He also did not have a valid driver's license and was unruly with the arresting officer, according to the Miami Police Department. At the time of the alleged drag-racing incident, Bieber had a female passenger in the car who was reportedly model Chantel Jeffries. She was not arrested.
At a press conference that took place after Bieber's arrest, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters that Bieber "made some statements that he had consumed some alcohol, and that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication ... At first, he was a little belligerent, using some choice words questioning why he was being stopped and why the officer was even questioning him. When he opened up the window and confronted Mr. Bieber, he smelled a strong odor of alcoholic beverage."
Hernandez also said that two SUVs "actually blocked the traffic at 26th and Pine Street so that they could race on Pine Street, almost making it like a makeshift race track."
Bieber's arrest is the latest in a series of incidents that show his career and life are in a major downward spiral.
On Jan. 14, 2014, his house in Calabasas, Calif., was raided by police during an investigation that Bieber had caused about $20,000 in egg-throwing damage to a neighbor's house. Bieber was not at home at the time of the raid, but TMZ reported that Bieber's rapper friend Lil Za (real name: Xavier Smith), who was in the house at the time of the raid, was arrested for what is believed to be possession of Molly, the slang term for a potent form of Ecstasy. TMZ also reported that marijuana was found in Bieber's home but since the police only had a search warrant for the egg-throwing incident, the only drugs that could be seized were those found on Lil Za.
Several media outlets have reported that Bieber's neighbors have called the police numerous times to complain about Bieber drag racing in the neighborhood and throwing loud parties. However, Bieber's arrest on Jan. 23 in Miami is the first time that he has been arrested.
Bieber has also been the subject of tabloid stories of his wild partying at strip clubs (where he is too young to legally be at) and allegedly going to brothels. The stories about Bieber's illegal antics increased in 2013 after Bieber and singer/actress Selena Gomez ended their on-again/off-again romance. The former couple began dating in 2010.
Bieber's arrest came just a few days after Radar Online published a report that Bieber sent a photo of his erect penis and profanity-laden text messages to Gomez pleading with her to get back together with him. Gomez allegedly replied to Bieber by text: “Stop it. You need to listen to Scooter [Braun, Bieber's manager] and go to rehab. U r sick.”
It may only be a matter of time before we hear an announcement that Bieber is going to rehab, which often happens when celebrities want to avoid jail time for a DUI arrest.
Bieber's career has also been imploding. His documentary "Justin Bieber: Believe" was a major flop when it was released on Dec. 25, 2013. Shortly after the movie's release, Bieber went on Twitter to announce that he was retiring, but almost no one believed him because most people think it was a pathetic publicity stunt. Bieber's latest singles have also been bombing on the charts.
It's a major downfall from Bieber's formerly red-hot career. Bieber's 2011 documentary "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" is the highest-grossing documentary of the decade so far. According to Box Office Mojo, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" grossed $73 million at the box office in the U.S. and Canada, compared to "Justin Bieber: Believe," which grossed only $6.2 million at the box office in the U.S. and Canada.