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Low-flying Justin Bieber behind bars

24 January 2014, 07:23

Miami Beach - 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 on 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 04:09 on Thursday, with two vehicles apparently used to block the area off, Miami Dade-Police spokesperson 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 breathalyser test and processing, Hernandez said. Bieber will be transported to the Miami-Dade County jail, Hernandez said.

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 20:15.

The singer lives in a gated community in Calabasas, a celebrity enclave about 50km 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 theater.

- AP


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