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Justin Bieber charged with driving under the influence in Miami

Justin Bieber smiles for his mugshot after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence Photo: Reuters/Miami Police Department

Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach in the early hours of Thursday morning after being stopped by police for drag racing in his rented yellow Lamborghini.

The 19-year-old boyfriend star, who police said was driving 55 to 60 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence, and having an invalid licence.

Official police reports stated that the singer, who police said had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, failed a sobriety test and repeatedly swore at them during the arrest.

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez talks about Justin Bieber's arrest:

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez said the singer had been "a little belligerent, using some choice words."

According to the police officer's statement, the singer asked the arresting officer "why the f--k are you doing this?" and initially refused to remove his hands from his pockets, telling them: "I ain't got no f--king weapons."

The report said officers noted two black SUVs had appeared to block Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach and this “facilitated an open road” that enabled Bieber to race his 20-year-old friend, rapper Khalil Sharieff, who was behind the wheel of a red Ferrari.

Bieber told police he was returning from a studio recording session and repeatedly asked why he had been stopped and arrested.

He taken to Miami Beach police station where police said he was co-operative. The teenager told officers there he had consumed alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, police said.

Sharieff, who had earlier tweeted about riding through the city with Bieber and posted pictures of the singer in his Lamborghini, was also arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

Both singers were later transported to Miami-Dade County Jail and appeared before a judge at a Miami court hearing via videolink.

The judge reads the charges as Justin Bieber watches via videolink from Miami-Dade County Jail Credit: RTV

They were both represented in court by high-profile celebrity attorney Roy Black, and Bieber was released on $2,500 (£1,500) bail. Sharieff's bail was set at $1,000 (£600).

Bieber made no comment during his appearance and both his mother, Pattie Mallette, and his representatives told reporters they had no comment about his arrest.

His attorney told reporters after the court hearing that "this hopefully will proceed as any other case."

Justin Bieber, in a black hooded sweatshirt with a bird design, departs a Miami-Dade County jail in Miami Credit: Reuters

After posting bail the star was pictured walking out of jail in a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark sunglasses, before being bundled into a waiting SUV amid a throng of reporters.

He smiled for the cameras as he made his way from the jail, and once he was inside the vehicle, the singer stood up through its sunroof and waved at reporters.

After the arrests it also emerged that the police department in the Florida city of Opa-locka is investigating whether two of its officers officers escorted Bieber to the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami Gardens after his private jet landed at the local airport on Monday night, city spokesman David Chiverton said.

We're investigating whether our police department escorted him there.

You can have fun in Miami, but not too much fun.

– Opa-locka city police spokesman David Chiverton

This is Bieber's first arrest but it is not the teen star's first brush with the law.

Earlier this month, detectives in California raided Bieber's home after he was accused of pelting a neighbor's house with eggs.

Justin Bieber appears sheepish as charges are read out to him in court in Miami: