Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, on suspicion of driving under the influence, drag-racing and resisting arrest on Thursday, Jan. 23, and is seen smiling in one of two mug shots released by police after he was detained (see below).
The 19-year-old pop star was taken into custody and transported to a jail. The incident marked the most serious legal incident Bieber, who has a massive fan following worldwide, has dealt with in recent months. In California, where he maintains a home, the singer is the subject of a police investigation of possible felony vandalism -- stemming from an alleged egging incident against his neighbor. A former bodyguard is also suing the singer over alleged unpaid wages.
UPDATE at 2:14 p.m. ET: Bieber appeared at a court in Miami and a judge set his bail at $2,500 -- this includes $1,000 for the DUI charge, $1,000 for resisting arrest and $500 for driving on an expired license. Khalil also appeared before the judge and his bail was set at $1,000. Bieber was released from jail just after 2 p.m. ET - find out how fans reacted
Hours after his arrest, three hashtags began to trend on Twitter - #DeportBieber, #FreeBieber and #FreeJustinBieber. Bieber is originally from Canada and began his music career in Georgia after he was discovered by R&B singer Usher, who is his mentor. In a police report, obtained by OTRC.com, Bieber is listed as a U.S. citizen.
Miami police say Bieber cursed at an officer and refused to take his hands out of his pockets. Check out 7 things police said about the singer. Some of the information comes from their report.
1. Justin Bieber was driving a yellow Lamborghini.
Miami police said that at 4:09 a.m. ET, officers spotted two Lamborghinis, a red and yellow one, driving in a neighborhood and being followed by two black SUVs whose drivers appeared to be stopping traffic for them to allow them "to race."
Authorities said the other driver was R&B singer Khalil (see his mug shot, below). He has also not commented. Both he and Bieber face charges of driving under the influence and drag-racing.
One of the officers saw that the Lamborgini drivers began drag-racing and that both "attained an approximate speed of about 55 to 60 mph." The speed limit in the area is 30 mph.
2. Justin Bieber allegedly smelled of alcohol.
Police pulled both cars over. Bieber, the driver of the yellow Lamborghini, told an officer: "Why did you stop me?" the report states.
"I explained to the driver that he was stopped because he was drag-racing with the other Lamborghini," the officer wrote. "I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol emanating from the driver's breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver had slow, deliberate movements and a stupor look on his face. These are all indicators of an impaired driver."
Update 1:47 PT: ABC News reported that, according to a law enforcement source, Bieber's blood alcohol level was .04. Florida law states that people under 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood alcohol level of .02 or more, reports The Associated Press.
3. Justin Bieber allegedly cursed at the officer who pulled him over.
Police said in a press conference that Bieber was "belligerent" and used "choice words" while being questioned by the officer who pulled him over.
"I asked the driver to exit the vehicle to continue my investigation of a possible impaired driver," the officer wrote in the police report. "The driver stated: 'Why the [expletive] are you doing this?' Finally, the driver exited the vehicle as he kept going into his pants' pockets. I asked the driver to not go into his pockets for my safety and his."
"Fearing that the driver might have a weapon or contraband, I asked the driver to place his hands on his vehicle in order to facilitate a cursory pat-down for weapons. The driver states: 'What the [expletive] did I do, why did you stop me?' Again, I asked the driver to place his hands on the vehicle. The driver complied but took his hands off the vehicle soon after and turned around to face me."
The officer says he asked Bieber again to not remove his hands from the car and to look forward because he was going to perform a cursory pat-down.
"The driver states: 'I ain't got no [expletive] weapons," the police report states. "Why do you have to search me? What the [expletive] is this about?' I advised the driver that if he continued to take his hands off his vehicle, he would be subject to arrest."
"The driver again turned around to face me," the officer wrote. "At this time, I grabbed his right hand and stated to him that he was under arrest. The driver began to resist me by pulling his right arm away as he stated: 'What the [expletive] are you doing?' I advised the driver not to resist and with the assistance of [two other officers], we placed him into custody with no further incident."
4. Justin Bieber said he was "coming back from recording music at a studio," police say.
"Whiel en route to the station, [Bieber] inquired as to why he'd been arrested," the report says. "[The officer] advised him that he believed he was impaired. [Bieber] advised that he was not drunk and that he was coming back from recording music at a studio."
5. Justin Bieber failed a sobriety test, police say.
Police say Bieber cooperated with authorities at the station and that officers determined there that he was impaired. The report states that Bieber "did not perform" a sobriety test "to standards" and "later agreed to a breath test as well as a drug evaluation."
6. Justin Bieber was allegedly under the influence of ...
Police said in a press conference that Bieber told an officer that he had "consumed alcohol, smoked pot and [took] prescription medication."
7. Justin Bieber drove on an expired license, police say.
The pop star is also being charged with driving with an expired Georgia driver's license, the report says, adding that it expired on June 24, 2013.
Could Justin Bieber get a jail sentence?
If he is convicted of driving under the influence, it would mark Bieber's first DUI offense, which carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail, a maximum fine of $500 and 50 hours of community service. Also, his license would be suspended for six months because he is under the age of 21, the Associated Press reported.
If Bieber is convicted of drag-racing, he could receive more jail time -- the punishment for a first-time conviction is also six months behind bars, plus a maximum fine of $1,000 and a one-year license suspension.
Could Justin Bieber be deported if convicted of a crime?
U.S. immigration law states that a person's visa can only be revoked if he or she is convicted of a violent crime or has been sentenced to jail for more than one year.