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Justin Bieber released after arrest for drink driving and street racing

Miami: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber waved to fans as he left a US court where he faced a drink driving charge (DUI) after police allegedly caught him street racing in Miami Beach.

Police said Bieber was racing a rented yellow Lamborghini on a residential street when he was arrested shortly after 4am local time on Thursday - allegedly after drinking and smoking marijuana.

Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters that Bieber was incoherent at the time of his arrest, and was unable to produce a valid driver's licence.

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, Bieber appeared in a Florida courtroom several hours later, where a judge ordered him to be held on a $US2500 ($2800) bond.

He left jail a short time later, waving to fans while sitting atop his sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Beyond the DUI charge, he also faces charges of resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence.

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Police released two mug shots of Bieber - he is smiling and slightly bleary-eyed in one, more serious in the other - as well as video footage of the arrest.

A police report alleged the teenager failed a sobriety test.

An "odour of alcohol" was detected on Bieber's breath, he had "bloodshot eyes" and made "slow deliberate movements", the report said.

Authorities said Bieber was also unco-operative and verbally abusive during his arrest, hurling obscenities at police, and initially refusing to get out of his vehicle.

News reports said Bieber admitted to police that he had consumed alcohol, taken prescription medications and smoked marijuana.

Bieber's publicists told AFP they had no comment.

Miami Beach police said they also arrested Bieber's friend, rapper Khalil Amir Sharieff, and charged him with driving under the influence.

Sharieff had reportedly been driving a red Ferrari while racing against Bieber's Lamborghini.

Police said they were at first hard-pressed to stop Bieber, given the speed at which he was travelling.

"When the cars are going that fast, it takes a while to catch up," Mr Martinez said.

The police report said that he was travelling close to 95km/h, about twice the posted speed on the residential street.

The pop star's crew reportedly blocked off the road with their SUVs to create an improvised racing strip.

The street racing incident is just the latest in a series of recent negative headlines for Bieber, who has sold more than 12 million albums since emerging on the music scene as a schoolboy sensation in 2009.

Last week, police searched Bieber's Los Angeles mansion over an egg-throwing attack, allegedly seized illegal drugs and arrested one of his associates.

He was accused of causing thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbour's house after pelting it with eggs.

He also attracted criticism on a recent tour of Australia after allegedly spraying graffiti on a hotel wall.

AP

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