Smiling and waving for his fans, bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber was released from jail Thursday afternoon, some eight hours after police said he went on a wild, drug-fueled drag-race in Miami Beach.
His release came about an hour after the 19-year-old appeared in Miami-Dade court, via video, appearing far less cheerful than in his beaming police mugshot. Clad in an orange-red prison jumpsuit, his sleeves rolled up to sport his tattooed arms, he let his high-profile lawyer, Roy Black, do the talking — this time.
The singer’s solemn demeanor was in sharp contrast to his 4 a.m. performance with Miami Beach police officers, when he allegedly swaggered through his arrest, reeking of alcohol and firing a string of F-bombs at them.
“Why the f--- did you stop me?'” he asked officer Fulgencio Medina, who cornered him as he was peeling down Pine Tree Drive at 55 to 60 mph in a yellow Lamborghini, according to police report. The speed limit on that stretch of residential street is 30.
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After allegedly smoking pot all day, drinking beer, clubbing, popping anti-depressants and spending some time in a recording studio, the lead-footed singer and a buddy launched the predawn race in their rented wheels early Thursday.
The other driver, Sacramento-based R&B artist Khalil Sharief, lined up next to him in a red Ferrari, both of them speeding off side-by-side, northbound on the east side in the 2600 block of Pine Tree Drive, a treacherous stretch of roadway marked by large pine trees with thick roots.
Bieber was charged with DUI and resisting arrest. Members of the musician’s entourage had apparently used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree at 26th Street, near the Miami Beach Hebrew Academy and Scott Rakow Youth Center, at 4:30 a.m., creating a drag strip for the young star — who had been on a party spree all week in South Florida.
Roadside sobriety tests showed that Bieber was under the influence of drugs, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Herald. He declined to comment further, but a police source said Bieber admitted he had been smoking marijuana and taking prescription anti-depressants and had a beer or two.
The police report said that Bieber was flushed, in a stupor, smelled of alcohol and was incoherent. He failed a field sobriety test, miserably, they said.
Bieber kept fumbling his hands in his pockets and, even after he was asked to place his hands on his car in front of him, kept turning around and confronting the officer, who attempted to pat him down for weapons.
“I ain’t got no f------ weapons. Why do you have to search me?” Bieber said, according to the report.
Finally, after several warnings, Bieber was placed in handcuffs.
“Why the f--- are you doing this?'” Bieber kept asking.
“It was a cold night, and it was quiet, so the officers could hear the cars,” Chief Martinez said, adding that patrols followed the sound of the revving engines. “When the cars are going that fast, it takes a while to catch up.”
According to sources, Bieber's breath test did not show any substantive alcohol use. He blew .014 and .011, well below the legal limit. That amount is too low for authorities to suspend a license for an underage driver, although Bieber does not have a Florida license.
But authorities consider the case against Bieber to be strong. Sources said he admitted to the use of intoxicants and Bieber did not pass a roadside sobriety test.
A police officer certified as a “Drug Recognition Expert” also evaluated Bieber — and concluded he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance. And Bieber also gave a urine sample, which could net preliminary results for drugs within a couple days.
It was the first arrest for Bieber, 19, a native of Canada. Bieber told officers he had been at a recording studio Wednesday evening.
A source at SET, a Lincoln Road nightclub, reported Bieber arrived Wednesday night in a yellow Lamborghini with a group of young men and that he sat shirtless with a backward baseball cap in a VIP room next to the DJ booth. Bieber didn’t say much and ordered Red Bulls and water.
“He looked really pale,” the source said. The group stayed until around 3 a.m., and Bieber left in the Lamborghini with a Miami model he “picked up randomly in the club,” the source said. Some photos sent via social media by Sharief included an unidentified woman sitting in the Lamborghini with Bieber.
Instagram photos of Bieber and Sharief were sent via social media earlier from MIA Skate Shop, a South Beach skateboard store, and the two tweeted photos and video from a local skate park.
“Miami nights ridin thru yo city in that hot wheel,” Sharief, who performs under the aegis of Island Def Jam Records, tweeted on his account earlier Thursday morning.
“Miami Beach is a residential community first and foremost as well as a world-class tourist destination. More importantly, our city is committed to the safety of our residents and tourists,” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said in a statement. “Everyone must respect the law and no preferential treatment will be afforded to anyone, regardless of their high-profile or celebrity status.”
Bieber was driving a 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo. Sharief was behind the wheel of a 2009 Ferrari 16M. Both cars, worth about $260,000 each, were rented from the Miami exotic car rental company Lou La Vie, confirmed John Temerian, Lou La Vie’s owner.
He said he generally rents the cars for $1,200 to $1,800 a day.
Both cars were expected to be returned to the company’s Miami showroom in the early afternoon.
The arrest caps a highly visible week for Bieber in South Florida, where he was reported to have blown tens of thousands of dollars at the King of Diamonds strip club.
The Opa-locka Police Department has also said it is investigating officers who gave Bieber and his crew an unauthorized escort through traffic after he landed at the Opa-locka airport.
Two officers have been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the probe, sources say.
His arrest is another black eye for the embattled Boyfriend singer, who has had a fondness for drag racing in residential neighborhoods.
Neighbors in his exclusive, gated Calabasas, Calif., community have long complained about him speeding down their streets. Media reports have said sheriff’s deputies have been called to his mansion several times over the past year, and retired NFL player Keyshawn Johnson also attempted to counsel the singer, but Bieber refused to talk to him.
Earlier this month, a neighbor in Los Angeles accused Bieber and his pals of hurling eggs at his home, causing extensive damage. Officers searched Bieber’s home and one person was arrested on drug charges. He is under investigation for felony vandalism in that incident.
Bieber had been due in a Santa Monica, Calif., attorney’s office Thursday to give a deposition ordered by a Miami judge in a lawsuit filed by a paparazzo alleging that Bieber’s bodyguards had roughed him up.