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Pop star Justin Bieber arrested drag-racing, DUI

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This police booking mug made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department shows pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and R7B singer Khalil were arrested for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail)

This police booking mug made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department shows pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and R7B singer Khalil were arrested for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail)

Photographers jockey for position as they wait for police to transport pop singer Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Fla. Police have Bieber and R&B singer known as Khalil for alleged drag-racing on a Miami Beach street. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FILE – Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of the feature film “Justin Bieber’s Believe” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on in this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Bieber has been arrested Thursday Jan 23, 2014 and is accused of DUI and drag racing according to the Miami Beach Police Department. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, FILE)

A Lamborghini, right, and a Ferrari, left, allegedly involved in a drag race are shown in an impound lot, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Fla. Police have arrested pop singer Justin Bieber and R&B singer known as Khalil for alleged drag-racing on a Miami Beach street. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FILE – In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Bieber has been arrested after police say he drag raced on a Miami Beach, Fla., street in a yellow Lamborghini and failed a sobriety test early Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested on drag-racing, DUI and resisting arrest charges Thursday after allegedly speeding down a residential Miami Beach street in a yellow Lamborghini on an expired license. He is being held at a Miami-Dade County jail pending an initial appearance expected later Thursday.

Authorities say Bieber was arrested after police saw him and R&B singer Khalil racing two luxury vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m., with two other vehicles apparently being used to block off the area. Both Bieber and Khalil face drag-racing and driving under the influence charges.

Police Chief Ray Martinez told a news conference Thursday morning the singer was initially not cooperative when the officer pulled him over. Martinez said the singer also had an invalid Georgia driver’s license and admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication and drinking.

Police said Bieber was driving a Lamborghini and Khalil was driving a Ferrari. Both cars were towed. Police say Bieber was clocked at 55 to 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

According to the arrest report, Bieber “had slow deliberate movements” and a look of stupor on his face when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle. The 19-year-old Bieber was placed under arrest after repeatedly refusing to put his hands on his vehicle so the officer could pat him down to look for weapons, the report said. It says he cursed several times at the officer and demanded to know why he was being arrested.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a Breathalyzer, police said. Results have not been released.

Television footage early Thursday showed a van thought to be carrying Bieber from a Miami Beach police station to a Miami-Dade County jail. The van, with blacked-out windows, was trailed by squad cars.

His publicist, Melissa Victor, did not offer an immediate comment.

The street where police say Bieber was racing in mid-Miami Beach is a four-lane residential street divided by a grass median dotted with palm trees. Along one side of the street are small apartment buildings, and on the other side are a high school, a youth center, a golf course and a city firehouse.

Jose Torres, whose company is installing an alarm system at the youth center, said he’s not surprised people would use the straightaway to drag race.

“This street is empty at night. There’s nobody out here at night,” Torres said.

It’s a short drive from the area to trendy South Beach, where celebrities are known to let loose. George Avilas, who lives nearby said he didn’t hear anything, but was not surprised to hear that people might be drag-racing.

“There’s so much partying in Miami Beach, it’s been known to happen,” he said. “It’s 4 o’clock in the morning, everybody is just getting out of the bars.”

Bieber’s arrival in Florida earlier this week also is under investigation. Authorities in the suburban Miami city of Opa-locka are investigating whether the singer was given a police escort when he landed Monday at the Opa-locka Executive Airport.

“The escort was unauthorized by police administration,” said Assistant City Manager David Chiverton.

At least two marked police cars provided Bieber with an escort from the airport, but it was not clear where they went, Chiverton said.

Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city vehicles, Chiverton said.

“We’re still unsure of where it led to,” Chiverton said. There’s a procedure. These things must be approved, there’s a process. They used city vehicles.”

Under Florida law, people under the age of 21 are considered driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .02 percent or more – a level he

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