Singer Justin Bieber’s run of questionable behaviour has now taken a criminal turn, with the news the 19 year old was arrested in Miami overnight for drag racing in a suburban street while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. To add insult to injury, the troubled teen star then resisted arrest.
Miami Beach police state that they pulled over Justin, who was clocked driving a yellow Lamborghini at up to speeds of 97 km/h in a 48 km/h zone, and found the star clearly under the influence, with bloodshot eyes and breath reeking of alcohol.
According to the report, Bieber was belligerent to the cops, repeatedly refused to put his hands on his vehicle, and swatted away a police officer who grabbed him. He was arrested along with fellow R&B singer Khalil, who was behind the wheel of a Ferrari involved in the drag race.
The young singer admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking prescription medication. He was also driving on an expired licence.
This latest incident follows a turbulent and troubled start to the year for Justin. In the last couple of weeks he’s had police search his home and find marijuana cookies, allegedly blown $75,000 at a strip club and is said to be hooked on “sizzurp”, a mix of cough syrup and Sprite. News of his arrest does not come as a surprise to many.
What’s more shocking however, is the news that Justin’s 38-year-old father, Jeremy, was not only present at the time of Justin’s arrest, but apparently helped the rest of his posse block off the suburban street so that the drag racing could occur. A source told the MailOnline, “Jeremy was in an SUV next to Justin when the cops turned up. It’s fair to say Jeremy is not a great influence – he certainly enjoys and takes advantage of his son’s money and lifestyle.”
Jeremy split with Justin’s mother, Patti Mallette, when their son was 10 months old, and has now remarried and lives in Canada with wife Erin and their two children, Jazmyn and Jaxon. Justin’s mother has asked fans to pray for her son.
But when his own parent aids and abets his son’s bad behaviour, it’s hard to imagine that prayers will be enough to stop this downward spiral.