MIAMI, Fla. – Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and drag racing Thursday morning, Miami Beach police Detective Vivian Hernandez said.
Further details about the arrest weren’t immediately available.
Bieber, 19, flew to Miami on Monday.
It is the first time the teen singer has been arrested, although he is under investigation on allegations of egging his California neighbor’s home.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies used a felony search warrant to raid Bieber’s mansion in the felony vandalism investigation on January 9. They seized Bieber’s iPhone and the security camera system, which detectives have been examining for clues about who tossed eggs over a fence that splattered onto the house next door causing an estimated $20,000 in damages.
Deputies have also investigated reports by Bieber’s neighbors that he raced his expensive sports car down the streets of the exclusive Oaks community of Calabasas, California, but no charges ever resulted.
One neighbor accused Bieber of spitting in his face during a heated confrontation last March. Deputies have responded to complaints about loud parties at Bieber’s place.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office concluded it couldn’t prove the spitting or speeding cases in court, so it declined to prosecute.
Prosecutors also rejected a misdemeanor battery complaint from a photographer who accused Bieber of attacking him in the parking lot of a Calabasas shopping center as he was taking photos of Bieber and his then-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, in May 2012.
“We didn’t do this search warrant to send a message,” Sheriff’s Lt. David Thompson said last week. “That’s not what we do, but we hope maybe that understanding the gravity of this will change some of the behavior.”
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