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Pop star Justin Bieber arrested in Miami area

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 9:15am  |  Updated: January 23, 2014 - 1:10pm
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Justin Bieber booking photo, shared by NBC News.
Justin Bieber booking photo, shared by NBC News.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — 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 19-year-old singer's arrest in a tweet 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. He says the second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested. 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 will be transported to the Miami-Dade County jail, Hernandez said.

An email seeking comment from 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 center, a golf course and a city firehouse.

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 neighbor's home. Officials said Bieber was at the home and cooperated 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 neighbor 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 theater.

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gunny48.5
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gunny48.5 01/23/14 - 09:43 am
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Was Lindsay Lohan with him?

Was Lindsay Lohan with him? This dude is a druggie and if he doesn't change bad times are a comin'....

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gunny48.5 01/23/14 - 09:47 am
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To the "beliebers" - just

To the "beliebers" - just sayin'... LOL

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Blessed1 01/23/14 - 09:48 am
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Well, at least another inmate

Well, at least another inmate now has a new girlfriend.

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finder 01/23/14 - 10:33 am
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Send him back Canada and

Send him back Canada and refuse him further entry.

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PhDBlack 01/23/14 - 10:46 am
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He is really starting to act

He is really starting to act out.......

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OwnTheNight 01/23/14 - 10:48 am
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WTFC!!

WTFC!!

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johnctaughtme 01/23/14 - 11:07 am
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"...declined to

"...declined to charge...declined to charge." Same treatment which most of us would receive, especially after disrupting things in a wealthy gated community? Right! So much special treatment might explain part of the problem.

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jnfsu 01/23/14 - 01:06 pm
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Street racing is bad, but

Street racing is bad, but admittedly I did a fair amount of it in the 80's and 90's (cruisin' in my 5.0!). I wonder what models the cars were, and who won. At least it was late at night and they blocked the street, so they weren't doing it on a busy street with lots of innocent folks around. I've known guys who had a lot more horsepower than they did horse sense. I'll bet someone took video.

I'm also curious as to whether Bieber took a Breathalyzer test and, if so, what the results were.

For most, basically decent folks, a little time in the slammer can really be an attitude adjuster. Or so I've heard.

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Mercury 01/24/14 - 02:00 pm
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I am no longer a belieber!

I am no longer a belieber!

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