Justin Bieber drama: Florida cops suspended for alleged escort
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (KABC) -- Justin Bieber isn't the only one in trouble after his latest bout of drama in Miami Beach. Three Florida police officers are in hot water for allegedly escorting the star to party spots without proper authorization.
The officers with the Opa-locka Police Department have been suspended. They're accused of unauthorized use of city vehicles to escort the singer to various locations, possibly including a strip club.
Authorities say the officers also may have provided a police escort for the singer when he landed Monday at the Opa-locka Executive Airport.
Police escorts from the airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure because they involve city vehicles, Assistant City Manager David Chiverton said. Administrators had not authorized any escort for Bieber in this case. The officers are being paid during their suspension.
Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning along with R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff when police say they saw the two drag racing in two luxury vehicles - Bieber in a yellow Lamborghini and Sharieff in a red Ferrari. The arresting officers say as soon as they stopped Bieber, they smelled alcohol.
According to the arrest report, Bieber "had slow deliberate movements" and appeared to be in a stupor when the officer ordered him to exit his vehicle. Bieber was arrested 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. At one point, Bieber said to an officer: "What the f--- did I do, why did you stop me?"
While his blood alcohol level was just .04, that's twice the legal limit for someone younger than 21 in Florida.
For a first DUI offense, there is no minimum jail sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21, there is an automatic six-month license suspension.
The 19-year-old was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver's license and resisting arrest without violence. Also, the singer later admitted smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication, police said.
A Miami-Dade County judge set Bieber's bond at $2,500 Thursday afternoon. Sharieff's bond was set at $1,000 for a DUI charge.
According to People magazine, while the teen star put on a big smile for his mug shot, a magazine source indicated he was crying after his bail hearing.
His arrest and other recent problems have some local radio stations talking about a Bieber ban.
"We're no better than the parents supplying prescription drugs or being there when he's drinking booze if we're playing his music and enabling him. What are we doing? What responsibility to we have?" said Michael Castner with KEX Radio.
The teen joins a long list of young stars running wild, and in part experts say it is because they simply have access to too much too soon in life.
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