Bieber's arraignment set in drunken driving case
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[January 29, 2014]
Teen pop star Justin Bieber
will be arraigned next month in Miami, following his arrest last
week on a charge of drunken driving when he was caught drag racing
in a rented Lamborghini, according to court records published on
Bieber, 19, will be arraigned on February 14 on the driving
under the influence charge, as well as charges of driving on an
expired license and resisting arrest without violence.
The pop star is not expected to appear at the Valentine's Day
It was the first arrest for the Canadian singer, whose life
off-stage has taken a tumultuous turn in the last year with
problems ranging from scuffling with paparazzi in London to a
felony investigation into whether he pelted a neighbor's house
with eggs in his gated community near Los Angeles.
If convicted of the charges in Miami, Bieber could face jail
time of up to six months, although experts say he will likely
get off with a lighter sentence for his first offense.
He was spotted by police in the early morning on January 23 in a
yellow Lamborghini alongside another driver, aspiring R&B singer
Khalil Sharieff, in a rented red Ferrari drag racing on a
four-lane road in a residential area a few blocks from Miami
Beach's South Beach tourist and night life district.
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Two SUVs had blocked off the road so Bieber could
race Sharieff, police said.
Bieber was driving the sports car 55 to 60 miles per hour (88 to 96
km per hour) in a 30 mph zone, according to police.
Bieber, who is one of the top celebrities on Twitter with nearly 50
million followers, told police he had taken prescription medicine,
had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol.
Roy Black, the high-profile criminal defense attorney who has
represented actor Kelsey Grammer, as well as radio talk show host
Rush Limbaugh, will represent Bieber in the case.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by
Patricia Reaney and Gunna Dickson)
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