Justin Bieber 'spotted in Panama' after court appearance

Justin Bieber has reportedly flown to Panama after pictures of him on a beach were widely published. He was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs and resisting arrest in Miami.

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Justin Bieber due to appear for video court bond hearing

According to Janelle Hall, spokesperson for Miami-Dade Corrections Department, Justin Bieber will appear for a video court bond hearing between 1pm - 1:30pm local time (6pm-6.30pm GMT).

The police van escorting Justin Bieber into Miami-Dade Corrections Department Credit: RTV

The singer will stand before a camera at the jail and will be addressed by a judge in another court building.

Bieber 'admitted smoking marijuana' after arrest

Justin Bieber told officers after his arrest that "he did take a prescription medication and that he had been smoking marijuana and that he did consume a beer," Miami Beach Chief of Police Raymond A Martinez said.

Justin Bieber's mugshot after being arrested on DUI charges in Miami. Credit: Miami Police Department

The 19-year-old was arrested after police saw two cars racing at 4.09am local time on Thursday at a speed that Martinez said officers estimated was "anywhere up to 55 to 60 miles an hour".

Arresting officers said the Boyfriend singer swore at officers and had "bloodshot eyes" and the smell alcohol on his breath.


Video: 'Justin Bieber's car' getting pulled over in Miami

A video posted on YouTube appears to show the moments before Justin Bieber was arrested on DUI and drag racing charges in Miami.

The footage, filmed by a fan, appears to show the singer's yellow Lamborghini moments before the 19-year-old was arrested on Thursday morning.

Miami police have not confirmed whether the video is genuine.

Penalties for driving under the influence in Florida

Being caught driving under the influence in Florida can result in a range of punishments, varying from fines to imprisonment.

Florida's drink-drive punishments:

  • A first conviction could bring a fine of between $250 (£150) and $1,000 (£600), depending on the alcohol level, as well as community service and possibly a jail sentence
  • This increases up to a fourth or subsequent conviction which carries a minimum of $1,000 fine and a jail term of up to five years
  • In both circumstances driver's licences can be revoked, either temporarily or permanently
  • Young drivers under the age of 21 with more than 0.02% of alcohol in the blood are subject to an automatic six-month suspension; the limit for older drivers is 0.08%
  • Punishments are also increased if an injury is caused to another person

Bieber friend tweets: 'U know bizzle brought that lambo'

Singer Khalil Sharieff, who was arrested along with Justin Bieber in South Florida, posted a picture of Justin Bieber in his yellow Lamborghini in a series of tweets hours before the pair's arrest:

Sharieff was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

Claims police escorted Justin Bieber to a strip club

Following Justin Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach on charges of driving under the influence and drag racing, police are also investigating claims that officers gave the singer an unauthorised escort to a strip club.

Picture: Justin Bieber's police mugshot

The police department in the Florida city of Opa-locka is investigating whether two of its officers gave the Boyfriend star an unauthorised escort on Monday night when he landed in a private jet at the local Opa-locka airport, city spokesman David Chiverton confirmed.

He said the city also was looking into whether officers escorted Bieber to the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami Gardens.

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


Details of Bieber arrest revealed in police report

Miami Police has tweeted the arrest report for Justin Bieber, revealing how officers noticed "both vehicles start a contest of speed (drag racing)".

According to the police officer's statement, the singer asked the arresting officer "why the f**k are you doing this?".

Bieber also told the officer, according to the report: "I ain't got no f**king weapons."

Bieber charges include marijuana & prescription drugs

Justin Bieber was "a little belligerent, using some choice words," when police arrested him, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters, but the singer grew cooperative once he was at the police station.

The charges he faces are:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs
  • Resisting arrest without violence
  • Driving with an expired Georgia driver's license

The 19-year-old was stopped driving 55 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.

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