FLORIDA – Teen pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in South Florida early on Thursday on a drunk driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a rented yellow Lamborghini, police said.
Two SUVs had blocked the road so the 19-year-old “Boyfriend” singer could race a friend who was driving a rented red Ferrari, Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez said.
Bieber also was charged with resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired Georgia driver’s license, Hernandez said.
The friend, identified as a fellow singer named Khalil Sharieff, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, according to the spokeswoman.
She said Bieber likely would be allowed to post bail later on Thursday after being transferred to a different jail.
The police department in the Florida city of Opa-locka said it was investigating the actions of officers who gave Bieber and his entourage an unauthorized escort through traffic after they landed at a local airport.
Bieber’s off-stage antics have at times overshadowed his music career in the last year as the Canadian star who shot to fame at age 15 transitions to adulthood.
Earlier this month, detectives in California raided Bieber’s home after he was accused of pelting a neighbour’s house with eggs.