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Justin Bieber Arrested for DUI in Miami; Admits to Having Alcohol & Drugs in His System

Image courtesy of Stewart Cook/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Stewart Cook/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC (via ABC News Radio)

ABC News has confirmed that Justin Bieber has been arrested in Miami, FL for driving while intoxicated.

Bieber, who's 19, was allegedly drag racing when police stopped him.  He subsequently failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.  According to the Miami PD, Justin also admitted to having beer, marijuana and prescription drugs in his system.

When he was pulled over at just after 4 a.m. Thursday morning in Miami Beach, Justin was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini.  The person with whom he was allegedly drag racing, Khalil Amir Shariff , was driving a red Ferrari and was also charged with DUI.  Two SUVs blocked traffic behind the pair so they could race each other.

At a press conference, Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said that when Justin was pulled over, he was driving between 55 and 65 mph in a residential area where the speed limit is 30, and he smelled strongly of alcohol.  Justin allegedly was uncooperative and used profanity while asking why he was being stopped, and was also belligerent to the officer.  It was determined that he was driving while impaired and taken to the station, where he was cooperative during the booking process. 

Martinez also said that Justin admitted to taking anti-depressants, smoking pot and drinking a beer.  In addition, his expired license was issued in Georgia; Justin actually lives in California. According to Martinez, there are no blood alcohol numbers to report just yet.

In addition to the DUI charge, Justin was also arrested for resisting arrest without violence -- for cursing the arresting officers and acting belligerent -- and for driving with an expired license. Just before 10:30 a.m. ET, Justin was taken to jail to arrange bond.

The drinking age in Florida is 21.  In that state, there's zero tolerance for minors drinking alcohol; the blood alcohol level threshold for DUI for minors is .02.

In general, DUI is a first-degree misdemeanor, and Justin could get up to six months in jail if his blood alcohol level is between .08 and 15.  His driver's license also could also be suspended for six months.  However, Justin may also be eligible for a program for first-time offenders that reduces the charge to reckless driving.  In that case, he wouldn't be convicted, and he wouldn't get any points on his license. 

At a press conference, Miami Beach Police Chief Martinez said that when Justin was pulled over, he was driving between 55 and 65 mph in a residential area where the speed limit is 30, and he smelled strongly of alcohol.  Justin allegedly was uncooperative and used profanity while asking why he was being stopped, and was also belligerent to the officer.  It was determined that he was driving while impaired and taken to the station, where he was cooperative during the booking process. 

Martinez also said that Justin admitted to taking anti-depressants, smoking pot and drinking a beer.  In addition, his expired license was issued in Georgia; Justin actually lives in California. According to Martinez, there are no blood alcohol numbers to report just yet.

 

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