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Bieber released on $2,500 bond

Update -- 11:30 a.m.

Justin Bieber has been released from a Florida jail on bail, several hours after Miami Beach police stopped the Canadian pop star under suspicion of drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini.

Dressed in a dark orange jail uniform, Bieber stood silently as he appeared before a Florida judge by video link. Attorney Roy Black told the judge he'd been hired by Bieber's manager, but he and his partner had been denied access to the singer in jail.

Bieber's bond was set at the "standard" $2,500: $1,000 for resisting arrest, $1,000 for DUI and $500 for his expired license. He was released from jail shortly after 2 p.m., and will now have to go through Miami’s criminal court system.

The singer won't be getting preferential treatment regardless of his celebrity status, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine told The Associated Press, adding that he was grateful that no one was injured.

Though Bieber's exact blood-alcohol content wasn't immediately released, "during the investigation, Mr. Bieber made statements that he had consumed some alcohol, that he had been smoking marijuana and consumed some prescription medication," Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez said in a press conference. He said the combination was enough to be considered "impaired."

Martinez said Bieber was "a little belligerent" to officers at first, "using some choice words, questioning why he was being stopped."

Local media reports painted a picture of the events leading up to the arrest. Police told local media that Bieber was driving a rented yellow Lamborghini. The Miami Herald also reported that Bieber was visiting a club on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach on Wednesday night.


Update: 8 a.m.

A van believed to be transporting pop star Justin Bieber has arrived at a South Florida jail following his arrest on drag-racing and DUI charges.

Television footage early Thursday showed a van thought to be carrying Bieber from a Miami Beach police station to a Miami-Dade County jail. The van, with blacked-out windows, was trailed by squad cars. After the van left the station, police said Bieber was gone.

Police say Bieber and an R&B singer known as Khalil were arrested early Thursday.

According to police, Bieber was driving a Lamborghini and Khalil was driving a Ferrari.

Sgt. Bobby Hernandez says Bieber failed a field sobriety test. Bieber and Khalil both face drag-racing and driving under the influence charges.


On the heels of controversy over a vandalism case, pop star Justin Bieber has been arrested after police say he drag-raced on a Miami Beach street in a yellow Lamborghini and failed a sobriety test early Thursday.

Miami Beach police confirmed the arrests of 19-year-old singer and an R&B singer known as Khalil in tweets from the department's official account.

Officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently used to block the area off, Miami Dade-Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told WSVN in South Florida.

According to police, Bieber was driving a Lamborghini and Khalil was driving a Ferrari. Both cars were towed.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer and processing, Hernandez said.

Bieber and Khalil both face charges of drag-racing and driving under the influence.

Bieber will be transported to the Miami-Dade County jail, Hernandez said.

An email seeking comment from his publicist Melissa Victor was not immediately returned.

The street where police say Bieber was racing is a palm-tree-lined residential area in mid-Miami Beach. Along one side of the street are small apartment buildings, and on the other side are a high school, a youth centre, a golf course and a city firehouse.

Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 per cent or more - a level he could reach with one drink. For 21 and over, it is .08 per cent.

For a first DUI offence, there is no minimum sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21, there is an automatic six-month license suspension.

First offence of a drag-racing offence nets a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.

Earlier this month, officials said that detectives in California searched Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbour's home. Officials said Bieber was at the home and co-operated with authorities

In that case, authorities arrested one member of Bieber's entourage on suspicion of drug possession: Lil Za, a rapper whose real name is Xavier Smith.

After being taken to jail, Smith had felony vandalism added to his potential charges and was released on bail at about 8:15 p.m.

The singer lives in a gated community in Calabasas, a celebrity enclave about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Previous investigations into Bieber's conduct by the sheriff's department have not resulted in charges.

In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbour complained he drove recklessly through the area. Prosecutors in November 2012 also declined to charge the singer after a paparazzo accused him of punching and hitting him after leaving a Calabasas movie theatre.

Justin Bieber was only 15 when his platinum-selling debut "My World" was released. The singer from Ontario had placed second in a local singing contest two years earlier and began posting performances on YouTube, according to his official website. The videos caught the attention of a talent agent who helped Bieber land an audition with R&B singer Usher. Usher, along with Island/Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid, signed him to a recording contract.

The Canadian Press

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