Pop prince Justin Bieber was arrested for drag racing while intoxicated Thursday, Miami police said, in what was only the Canadian singer’s latest brush with US law.
Authorities in Miami Beach, Florida reported that, at the time of his arrest, Bieber was driving a rented Lamborghini under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
“Bieber was arrested at 4:11 am (0911 GMT) Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez told AFP.
Police said via Twitter that they also arrested the rapper Khalil Amir Sharieff in the same incident.
“Also arrested with @justinbieber for drag racing and DUI @CrazyKhalil,” the Miami Beach police said on Twitter, using the stars’ online handles.
News reports said Sharieff had been driving a Ferrari while racing against Bieber along a residential street, which the pop star’s crew had blocked off with their cars to create a drag strip.
Hernandez told AFP that, at the time of his arrest, Bieber was with “a young lady” whose identity she declined to reveal except to say it was not his former girlfriend, actress and singer Selena Gomez.
Hernandez said that no bond had been set so far for Bieber, who over the last few days has kept a high profile while visiting South Florida.
News reports this week said he shelled out tens of thousands of dollars at the local King of Diamonds strip club on Monday night.
Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told US media that Bieber was incoherent at the time of his arrest, and was unable to produce a valid driver’s license.
Police said Bieber was arrested without incident