Bieber was arrested after police said they saw him speeding down a residential street in Miami Beach in a yellow Lamborghini. Officers say he had an expired license, was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over and smelled of alcohol.
He was charged with DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest.
The 19-year-old Bieber was released on $2,500 bond.
Miami Dade-Police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez tells WSVN in South Florida that officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities say Bieber was arrested after police saw him and R&B singer Khalil racing two luxury vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m., with two other vehicles apparently being used to block off the area. Both Bieber and Khalil face drag-racing and driving under the influence charges.
Police said Bieber was driving a Lamborghini and Khalil was driving a Ferrari. Both cars were towed. Police say Bieber was clocked at 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.
According to the arrest report, Bieber "had slow deliberate movements" and a look of stupor on his face when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle.
Above Right: A Lamborghini, right, and a Ferrari, left, allegedly involved in a drag race are shown in an impound lot, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Below Left: The police booking mug made available by the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department shows R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff arrested with Bieber for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. (AP Photo/ Miami Dade County Jail)
The street where police say Bieber was racing in mid-Miami Beach is a four-lane residential street divided by a grass median dotted with palm trees. 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. It's a short drive from the area to trendy South Beach, where celebrities are known to let loose
The 19-year-old Bieber was placed under arrest after repeatedly refusing to put his hands on his vehicle so the officer could pat him down to look for weapons, the report said. It says he cursed several times at the officer and demanded to know why he was being arrested
His publicist, Melissa Victor, did not offer an immediate comment. He is being held at a Miami-Dade County jail pending an initial appearance expected later Thursday.
Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent or more - a level he could reach with one drink. For 21 and over, it is .08 percent.
For a first DUI offense, 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 offense of a drag-racing offense nets a sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.
|Bieber's arrival in Florida earlier this week also is under investigation.
Authorities in the suburban Miami city of Opa-locka are investigating whether the singer was given a police escort Monday at the Opa-locka Executive Airport.
"The escort was unauthorized by police administration," said Assistant City Manager David Chiverton.
At least two marked police cars provided Bieber with an escort from the airport, but it was not clear where they went, Chiverton said.
Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city vehicles, Chiverton said.
"We're still unsure of where it led to," Chiverton said. There's a procedure. These things must be approved, there's a process. They used city vehicles."
| Recently in California, detectives searched Bieber's home for evidence he might have been involved in egg-tossing vandalism at a neighbor's home.
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.
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.
Above: Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of the feature film "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on in this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo taken in Los Angeles.
At Right : In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Bieber has been arrested after police say he drag raced on a Miami Beach, Fla., street in a yellow Lamborghini and failed a sobriety test early Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)