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One Year Ago: Justin Bieber's Miami Beach Arrest Seen Around The World

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One year ago today, it was the arrest and mugshot seen around the world, as pop singer Justin Bieber was taken into custody in Miami Beach after racing his yellow Lamborghini against another sports car.

Bieber was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

He bonded out of jail the next day, jumping on a car and waving to a gathered crowd of fans as he left the jail.

Justin Bieber Arrested In Miami Beach
Justin Bieber waves after exiting from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on January 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach police found the pop star street racing Thursday morning Jan. 23, 2014. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of careless driving and resisting an officer without violence under a deal that spared him jail time.

In return, Bieber was ordered to take a private 12-hour anger management course, watch videos showing the impact of DUI crashes, pay court costs and make a $50,000 donation to charity.

Justin Bieber Plea Agreement

Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested January 23rd, 2014 after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber's rented Lamborghini and a Ferrari driven by Sharieff.

Justin Bieber Surveillance-Pic
Surveillance image of Justin Bieber, in yellow Lamborghini, speeding down Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach on Jan. 23, 2014. (Source: CBS4 Viewer)

Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers, but urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. Bieber was also charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police officers.

Still image from video of Justin Bieber during a DUI test at the Miami Beach Police Station.

A month later, video of Bieber captured shortly after his Miami Beach arrest shows the star submitting to a sobriety test in which he appears to momentarily lose his balance while attempting to walk along a straight white line.

A month after that, in March, police released pictures of Bieber that were taken inside the Miami Beach police department as he was being booked.


Prior to the incident in Miami Beach, the Biebs legal issues were growing.

In April of 2013, Swedish police reportedly found drugs and a stun gun on board one of his tour buses. No criminal charges were filed and Bieber was not on the vehicle at the time.

In November of 2013, Bieber was charged with vandalism after spray-painting graffiti in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He paid a fine.

One month later, Toronto police alleged Bieber hit a limo driver on the back of the head. That charge was eventually dropped.

Trouble followed Bieber into 2014 when in January; he was accused of throwing eggs at a neighbor's house in Los Angeles. In July 2014, he pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor vandalism charge and agreed to pay more than $80,000 in damages, serve two years of probation, five days of community service and 12 weeks of anger management.

Bieber was also sued by a local photographer who claimed he was locked in a restaurant and beaten by the singer's bodyguard on the night of the singer's January Miami Beach arrest.

That was followed by another lawsuit by a photographer in Hawaii who claimed a bodyguard also nabbed his memory card, put him in a chokehold and damaged his camera after taking pictures of Bieber in November 2014.

In August, Bieber was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV in Bieber's hometown of Stratford, Ontario.

The Canadian-born Bieber shot to stardom at age 15, with his career overseen by two music industry heavyweights, singer Usher and manager Scooter Braun, after initially gaining notice through YouTube videos. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut "My World 2.0."

Bieber's checkered past should make for some great material during his upcoming Comedy Central roast.

In a recent posting on his Twitter account, Bieber said he's long wanted to be roasted but was told by Comedy Central that he needed to provide more material — and he's worked hard to do that, he said.

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