Justin Bieber Released From Jail After Miami Beach Arrest
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – International pop icon Justin Bieber was released from jail Thursday after he was arrested on Miami Beach for DUI and resisting arrest. Before his release, the world-renowned star made a brief appearance in bond court. Bieber appeared before Miami-Dade County Judge Joseph P. Farina via teleconference. Bieber was represented by famed attorney Roy Black, who has represented numerous celebrities and high profile cases in South Florida. Judge Farina set Bieber’s bail at $2,500, which is the standard bond for a case of this type. The pop artist left the jail just after 2 p.m., but not before stopping to wave to the gathered photographers and videographers. It was the culmination of a day full of alleged drag racing, drug use and an arrest that started in the early morning hours on Miami Beach. Bieber has been in town the past few days, and was reportedly visiting Club Set on Lincoln Road Wednesday night. The trouble started when Bieber’s entourage allegedly used two or three cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive to create a drag strip for the young star.
TMZ reported late Thursday morning that Bieber’s father “helped facilitate” the crimes that landed Justin in jail. TMZ also reported that Jeremy Bieber, 38, was with the pop star throughout the day Thursday.
According to TMZ, Jeremy Bieber was not only present when Justin was arrested but that he was one of the people who helped block off the residential street so his son could race. The younger Bieber was arrested at 4:09 a.m. near the intersection of Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street in a yellow Lamborghini. The area of Pine Tree Drive on Miami Beach where the alleged drag racing was happening is a residential area with a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour. The arresting officer estimated Bieber was going twice the speed limit.
According to the arrest report, the arresting officer said, “I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating (sic) from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver had slow deliberate movements and a stuper (sic)look on his face.
The arresting officer said Bieber stated, “Why the f*** are you doing this?” “Finally, the driver exited the vehicle as he kept going into his pants pockets.”
The officer said he asked Bieber to not go into his pants and put his hands on top of the car. The arresting officer said Bieber took his hands off the car and faced the officer. The officer said he told Bieber to look forward because he was going to perform a patdown.
Bieber responded to the officer, “What the f*** is this about?”
The officer said if Bieber didn’t cooperate, he would be subject to arrest. Bieber, according to the arresting officer, turned around to face the officer and the officer grabbed his right hand and told him he was under arrest.
Bieber responded, “What the f*** are you doing?” “He was brought to the Miami Beach Police station where a DUI investigation was conducted,” Martinez said. According to the police report, once at the Miami Beach Police Department, officers noticed Bieber had a “flushed face, bloodshot eyes, and the odor of an alcoholic beverages on his breath.” Police conducted a sobriety field test on “a flat, dry, smooth, and well lit surface” and that Bieber, “did not perform to standards,” and later agreed to a breath test and drug evaluation.
“During the investigation, Bieber made a statement that he had consumed some alcohol, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed some prescription medication,” Miami Beach Police Ray Martinez said.
Raw Video From The Scene After The Arrest
The chief also noted that Bieber is under 21 and not allowed to drink anyway.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, Bieber blew a .014 and .011 on a brethalizer test, but both were too small for a criminal charge or even administrative license suspension for underage driver.
Martinez said Bieber has been cooperative with police and not caused any problems during his booking.
Bieber was transported from Miami Beach Police Headquarters to the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center just after 10 a.m. Thursday.
Law enforcement blocked the view of cameras while Bieber was being taken inside the facility, which is not standard operating procedure.
Due to his arrest being a DUI, Bieber had to remain in police custody for eight hours.
The driver of the red Ferrari allegedly drag racing with Bieber was also arrested. Miami Beach Police identified the second driver as Khalil Amir Sharieff, a singer with Def Jam Records.
January 23, 2014: Khalil Sharieff (Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)
Both the Lamborghini and the Ferrari were taken to the Miami Beach Police department’s impound lot.
Earlier in the evening, Bieber and South Florida model Chantel Jeffries cruised South Beach taking pictures with fans. The pictures were posted on a Bieber fan page on tumblr.com.
TMZ reported that Bieber was spotted earlier in the evening at Mansion nightclub on South Beach. Then he went to the King of Diamonds strip club. The club’s manager, Disco Rick, told WINZ radio that Bieber was at the club, but was served no alcohol, and stayed in a VIP room. The manager said Bieber stuffed wads of $100 bills into the hands of numerous dancers. Bieber’s visit to South Florida also sparked an investigation in the city of Opa-locka where officials are investigating the unauthorized police escort given to Bieber Monday night by two of the department’s marked squad cars.
Opa-locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton confirmed the questionable escort to CBS4′s Gary Nelson.
“This escort that was done for Justin Bieber was unauthorized. We have spoken to our police administration and they are investigating the matter,” Chiverton said.
Just last week, investigators in California searched Bieber’s home in Calabasas during a search for evidence that the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor’s home.
Bieber, 19, was at the home and cooperated with authorities but was not interviewed by detectives.
As his downfall has been in the public view for the last few weeks, some Hollywood stars have already started weighing in on his arrest.