After Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, he got the same "backstage" treatment as any other arrestee, judging by surveillance video newly released by police.
In the video, which can be seen above, the pop star appears to behave himself, unlike he did at the time of he was stopped, when according to the police report he cussed out the arresting officer.
Barefoot, he removes his sweatshirt and "assumes the position," hands on a table as he leans forward with his legs spread. The officer pulls him back slightly using the singer's baggy shorts as a handle, then proceeds to conduct the patdown, searching the Biebs' pockets in the process. Bieber pauses to adjust the front of his hair after taking off the sweatshirt.
It was after the patdown that he switched into orange jail garb and posed for his megawatt-smile mug shot. Did someone say something nice to him before the photo was snapped, or was it just a reflex to having a camera pointed at him? We'll likely never know, but the mug shot is pretty priceless.
Bieber was of course arrested in the early morning hours Jan. 23 on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. Even though the stop was reportedly because police thought drag racing was going on, Bieber was not charged with anything of that nature. GPS data later showed that Bieber's rented Lamborghini and the red Ferrari that police stopped at the same time did not get to racing speeds.
The Miami Beach Police Department, on its Twitter feed earlier this week, directed attention to a WSVN-TV report in which the drag-racing issue and other details of the arrest were addressed.
"What the public has to understand is that the officer described his actions as drag racing, but he was not charged with drag racing," said Police Chief Raymond Martinez. "This is a residential street, Pine Tree Drive, where the speed limit is 30 miles an hour, and if you can imagine, at 4 a.m. in the morning, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari going from zero to 40, opening up those engines. That's what drew the officers' attention to their actions."
He also explained how Bieber could, according to the police report, reek of alcohol even though he blew only 0.014 on a blood alcohol breath test: The odor could have come from his clothing, if beer or another alcoholic beverage had been spilled on it.
Bieber, who has pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanor charges, has a March 3 trial date. He also faces an assault charge in Toronto.
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