Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber was nabbed by cops in Miami Beach and charged with DUI, drag racing, and resisting arrest violations. Miami Beach police officers spotted Bieber allegedly racing his banana-yellow Lamborghini in a residential area at approximately 4:20 a.m. today.
Miami Beach cops allege Bieber was traveling at "55-60 mph in a 30 mph zone" which, under Florida statute, qualifies as drag racing, in addition to officer observations and articulations of what is discerned as drag racing activity between two automobiles.
The other participant/driver involved in the drag racing event is R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. He, too, was arrested and charged with DUI and drag racing.
Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of both the Lamborghini and Ferrari; during their investigation they detected signs of impairment from both drivers. Hence, MBPD police had Bieber and Sharieff perform a Standard Field Sobriety Exam (SFSE).
With probable cause suspicion of DUI, both Bieber and Sharieff were placed in custody. Upon being patted down by a police officer, Bieber, police alleged, refused to maintain his hands upon the car as the pat-down commenced. Thus the charge of "resisting arrest" was imposed upon Bieber.
Bieber was also in possession of an expired driver license.
Bieber and Sharieff, both of whom are 19-year-old drivers, face more stringent blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. In Florida, anyone under 21 years of age is subject to a lower BAC of .02. Drivers over 21 years of age in Florida are subjected to a BAC of .08.
According to Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez, Bieber was confrontational and uncooperative upon the initial traffic stop by police officers. Bieber, Chief Martinez claims, directed hostility towards his officers and said "What the f*** did I do?" and "Why the f*** are you doing this?"
Police officers on-scene described Bieber's exhibited "slow deliberate movements" and say he was seemingly "in a stupor". During the investigation, police say, Bieber admitted to being under the influence of alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs.
Once in custody, both Bieber and Sharieff were transported to the Miami Beach police station and given a breathalyzer, the results of which have not been released as of yet. Bieber and Sharieff remained at Miami Beach police headquarters for eight hours, time allotted to sober up. Thereafter, he was transported via MBPD van to county jail.
Both Sharieff's Ferrari and Bieber's Lamborghini were towed by police and remain in a MBPD impound lot.
Per MBPD public information officer, Vivian Hernandez, also a MBPD detective, the charge of drag racing is incorporated into the DUI; the DUI stemmed from the probable cause established from the drag racing activity.
Upon the street which Bieber and Sharieff raced their respective high-performance sports cars, other friends of each, in their respective cars, allegedly blocked the street so the race could occur unimpeded. One of the dwellings upon that particular street is a city fire station.
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