Justin Bieber enjoyed a police escort From a Miami airport on Monday night, but the three officers who provided Bieber with the unauthorized escort have since been suspended, marking the end of an eventful week for the pop singer.
According to the Opa-locka Assistant City Manager, the officers were not given permission to be at the airport. Although police may provide escorts from airports, the escorts must be approved via the process to do so, regardless of who is requesting the escort.
The investigation into the unauthorized escort is also following up on reports that police escorted him to the strip club King of Diamonds.
Bieber has been staying at a Miami hotel, The Orchid House, since his arrest on Thursday for DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired out-of-state license. Arrest reports indicate that Justin Bieber was stopped by police after being spotted drag racing a yellow Lamborghini down a residential street in the early hours of Thursday morning. Initially held at a Miami Beach police station, Bieber was transferred to county jail, where he stayed until posting a bond of $2500. Although Bieber’s BAC was less than the legal limit of .08, he can still be charged with DUI for driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
Bieber admitted during questioning by police that he had consumed only one beer, but had also smoked marijuana and taken prescription medicine. He was not able to pass field sobriety tests, but did agree to a breath test and a urine sample. Analysis of the sample will take a lab several weeks to analyze.
The arrest comes while Bieber is being investigated for egging his neighbor’s house in Los Angeles. A subsequent search of his home resulted in the arrest of a friend of Bieber’s and the seizure of illegal drugs. Added to his recent arrest and the suspension of his police escorts, Justin Bieber has had quite an eventful 2013 so far.
Fans, paparazzi and members of the media have been camped outside of Bieber’s hotel since his release in hopes that he would be spotted entering or leaving the hotel.
Bieber is scheduled for court on Monday although he more than likely will not be there in person.
Bieber’s recent troubles have precipitated a petition on the White House website that calls for the deportation of Bieber. As of Friday afternoon, the petition had garnered 8000 signatures, but will need to gather at least 100,000 signatures before the White House will consider it. While the offenses that Bieber is currently charged with likely would not result in his deportation, any sort of drug conviction would substantially increase the risk.
Bieber’s recent arrest has apparently cost him more than his pride. E! News reported today that the Miami Heat, fearing the increased attention he would draw, withdrew Bieber’s courtside tickets to their game against the Lakers.
In the light of today’s news that his police escorts were suspended and he was barred from the Miami Heat game, it is anyone’s guess as to what the coming days will hold for Justin Bieber. His fans, who refer to themselves as “Beliebers” have largely rallied behind Bieber since his arrest, making #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin a trending hashtag on Twitter. On Friday evening, Bieber returned to Twitter to release his first public comment since his arrest, saying “You are all worthy no matter what anyone says. Be strong. God is with us all. My Beliebers changed my life. I will forever be grateful.”
By Jennifer Pfalz