Pop star in custody after failing sobriety test
Justin Bieber was arrested for driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami Beach, Florida, police officials said on Thursday.
The rapper known as Khalil was also arrested, police said on Twitter.
TMZ, which broke the news of the 19-year old pop star's arrest, reported that Bieber is in custody after failing a field sobriety test.
A police department spokesman did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment, nor did a spokesman for Bieber.
Bieber shot up the charts with breezy hits such as “Baby” and “Boyfriend,” but his squeaky clean image has picked up blemishes of late.
During his “Believe” tour last year, the singer was criticized for storming off the stage and showing up late to concert dates.
He has been embroiled in legal controversies after detectives raided his California home this month to look for evidence that he was involved in egging his neighbor's house, causing some $20,000 in damages. Bieber's friend, Xavier Smith — better known as Lil Za — was arrested by police for drug possession during their search.
The singer has also been accused of drag racing in his Calabasas, California neighborhood, although no charges have ever stemmed from the allegations.