Pop sensation Justin Bieber who was arrested in the Miami area on charges of drag racing says he had taken drugs given to him by his mother. The Miami Beach police department has confirmed the arrest. Officers reported that they saw 2 cars racing at 4.09 AM on Thursday. Two other cars in his entourage blocked off the street so that Bieber could race. Bieber was driving a Lamborghini and the other car was a red Ferrari being driven by R&B singer Khalil, who was also arrested. Both cars were towed away by the authorities. Bieber was driving with an expired license and when he was stopped began to verbally abuse the officers and resist arrest. He then went on to fail a sobriety test and was then taken to the police station.
According to Florida law, anyone who is under 21 years of age is considered driving under the influence if their blood alcohol level is 0.02 percent. This level can easily be reached with a single alcoholic drink. It was reported that Bieber’s alcohol level was 0.04 percent at the time of the arrest.
A DUI charge will get the pop star a maximum sentence of six months for the first offence along with a fine ranging from $250 to $500. In addition, there is the mandatory 50 hours of community service. If the charged person is under 21, the driving license is automatically suspended for six months. For drag racing, as a first offence, the sentence can go up to six months, with a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000 and a one year suspension of the driver’s license.
After his arrest, Bieber reportedly admitted to the Miami police that he had drunk a beer, taken Rx drugs given to him by his mom and had also been smoking marijuana. It is not clear from his statements whether he has his own prescription for the medication or is using his mother’s prescription, which would be illegal. After an initial hearing which Bieber attended with his attorney Roy Black, the judge fixed the bail amount at the standard $2500.
Justin Beiber has been in and out of controversies and trouble in the recent past. A neighbor in LA complained that the younger pop star drove his sports cars recklessly in the area; and in November 2012, a photographer accused the singer of punching and hitting him. The police did not bring charges against the teen sensation in both cases, as there was insufficient evidence.
At the time of his arrest in Miami, Beiber was quite agitated, clearly a result of the combination of alcohol and prescription drugs (apparently given by his mom) in his system. He shouted obscenities at the arresting officer and had to be calmed down. When a police officer tried to conduct a routine pat down, Beiber was very uncooperative and claimed that he was not drunk and was just returning after a recording session. The police report also states that Beiber was driving between 55 and 60 MPH in a residential area where the speed limit is 30 MPH.
By Grace Stephen