Justin Bieber, arrested early this morning for drag racing in a Lamborghini while drunk, is currently implicated in two police investigations in Miami. The first relates to an unauthorized Miami police escort in Opa-locka earlier this week; the second to his allegedly drunken drag racing spree today.
Miami Beach police have booked him for driving under the influence (DUI) as well as drag racing and resisting arrest. He was also driving without a valid license.
Today’s incident is alleged to have happened after a day of smoking marijuana, swigging back beer, and popping anti-depressant pills.
According to Miami Police reports, the bad-boy teen star’s entourage blocked traffic in a residential area on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street so that he and his buddy, R&B singer Khalil Sharief, could do an illegal dice.
Both were arrested, taken to the Miami-Dade jail, fingerprinted and photographed. They were then taken to the West Miami-Dade county jail for their cases to be processed. Beiber’s bail was set at $2,500.
According to the arrest report which has been published in full on the Internet, Bieber asked the officer who stopped him “what the f***” he had done. He also asked why the officer had stopped him from driving. Described as “a little belligerent” he also told the officer in no uncertain terms that he did not have any weapons.
The report states that Bieber was flushed, had bloodshot eyes and smelt of alcohol.
Earlier in the week Justin Bieber was reportedly in full party mode in South Florida. After flying into Opa-locka in his private jet, he was spotted all over town in all kinds of places from skate shops to strip clubs. But what drew even more attention was the fact that on arrival in the city, he and his entourage were escorted by two Opa-locka Police Department cruisers, one in front and one at the back. This is, of course, the first of the two Miami Police investigations he is now implicated in.
Assistant City Manager, David Chiverton was quick to tell the media that they knew it was “an unauthorized detail” and that it would be dealt with “swiftly but meticulously” by the police department.
Two police officers have subsequently been suspended with pay, while the investigation continues.
A similar incident in Miami-Dade in August last year saw at least one police officer disciplined for violating department policy after he had provided an escort for LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake and Jay Z Concert at the Sun Life Stadium. In this incident the officer escorted the basketball celebrity on the wrong side of the road, towards oncoming traffic.
It emerged that the officer, who was not named, was off duty at the time.
Chiverton said they would need to ascertain whether the officers involved in the Justin Bieber escort scandal were off duty. Nevertheless, even if they were, “there’s a process to get those things in place,” he said.
Last year Bieber’s manager said the star would be taking a break during 2014. Since then he’s been “on holiday” rather than performing. But for now it seems that Justin Bieber’s party is over and he’s going to be getting a lot of negative attention due to the two Miami Police investigations he is currently implicated in.
Editorial by Penny Swift