Justin Bieber arrested for 'drag racing and driving under the influence'

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Miami Beach police confirm pop star's arrest and say 19-year-old was racing rented Lamborghini early on Thursday

Justin Bieber has been charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid licence, police in Miami said on Thursday.

Bieber, 19, was arrested in the early hours of the morning after he was caught drag racing a yellow Lamborghini, according to police. Officers said that he smelled of alcohol and swore when he was pulled over.

Miami Beach police chief Raymond Martinez said officers estimated Bieber was driving at "anywhere up to 55 to 60mph" when stopped in a 30mph zone. He was detained at 4.09am ET.

Martinez told reporters that Bieber, who has released three studio albums and two books, was "a little belligerent, using some choice words", when police arrested him.

Bieber's friend, Khalil Sharieff, was also arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. Police said Sharieff, who tweeted at 3.07am Thursday that he was "Just livin life, blessed", was racing Bieber in a rented red Lamborghini. Initial press reports stating that Sharieff was driving a Ferrari appear to have been in error.

The Miami Beach police department published Bieber's arrest report on its own Twitter feed.

The report said two black SUVs had blocked Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach, which "facilitated an open road", enabling Bieber and Sharieff to race.

When the arrested officer attempted to stop Bieber – whose hit As Long As You Love Me delivers the tender message that a simple love can defy all hardship a couple might face – the singer inquired: "Why the fuck are you doing this?"

Bieber continued to ask: "What the fuck did I do? Why did you stop me?" and is said to have later assured the officer: "I ain't got no fucking weapons."

The police report said there was "an odor of alcohol emanating" from Bieber's breath. The 19-year-old reportedly had a "flushed face [and] bloodshot eyes" when he was being taken the police station. Police also learned Bieber had an expired Georgia driving licence.

Martinez said Bieber "did acknowledge that he did take a prescription medication and that he had been smoking marijuana and that he did consume a beer".

Bieber has written two autobiographies. His debut, First Step 2 Forever was published in 2010, documenting his rise to fame. His second autobiography, Just Getting Started, was published in 2012. It documented the two years that had elapsed since 2010.

Earlier this month Bieber was accused of throwing eggs at a neighbour's house in California. The singer endured a turbulent 2013, when he briefly retired from public life and lashed out at a photographer in London as his bodyguards escorted him into a car.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Adam Gabbatt in New York, for theguardian.com on Thursday 23rd January 2014 17.10 Europe/London

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