Justin Bieber's Drunkenness Exaggerated by Miami Beach Police?

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The Biebz in court yesterday, facing his DUI rap.

Beliebers are beliebing that there's been some mistake.

Yesterday, the Miami Beach Police Department confirmed via Twitter that Justin Bieber had been arrested on charges of DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired Georgia driver's license.

Later, the MBPD blasted out the Biebz' mugshot and arrest report via Twitter. And then the department answered accusations of exploiting the pop star for publicity via Twitter.

Now many media outlets are questioning the police's handling of the Bieber bust, criticizing all that @MiamiBeachPD tweeting and even wondering whether Bieber was driving under the influence at all.

See also: Justin Bieber's Miami Beach Arrest Report and Mug Shot: An Extremely Detailed Breakdown

Predictably, many of Bieber's fans were outraged by the department's decision to hashtag their fave celeb's embarrassing moment as #BreakingNews.

But as @MiamiBeachPD pointed out for these Beliebers, any details (including name, age, sex, address, charges) that aren't considered criminal investigative information (i.e. sensitive data whose release could compromise an ongoing investigation or eventual prosecution) can and must be released according to Florida's Sunshine Law.

What about using the Biebz to grab national attention for MBPD? The public information office insists that it's simply policy to broadcast pertinent information through social media in high-profile cases or natural disasters.

With a bazillion journalists asking for JB's mug, a tweet was way more efficient than replying to individual press requests.

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Miami-Dade Corrections

However, beyond cranky fan complaints about being mean to JB, sullying his rep, and exploiting his celebrity, there are others, including TMZ, who are suggesting that maybe Miami Beach Police should never have even arrested and charged the pop star. 'Cause, you know, he wasn't drunk enough.

Citing anonymous "sources connected to the case," the gossip site claims Bieber "had next to NO alcohol in his system," claiming to have "confirmed Justin's actual blood alcohol level ... it was .014" when "law enforcement sources" had previously indicated he'd "had a .04."

The MBPD response: "We said from the beginning that he blew under .08," spokesperson Sgt. Bobby Hernandez tells Crossfade by email.

In Florida, a driver is under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. But if, like the Biebz, he is less than 21 years old, the not-so-wasted operator of the vehicle is still screwed, because the FLA is a zero-tolerance state for underage DUI.

Plus, as Sgt. Hernandez adds: "He was impaired by Alcohol/Marijuana/Prescription medication."

Now, there are no drug test results available to confirm the Biebz' weed and pill intake in the hours leading up to the arrest. But as MBPD chief Raymond Martinez said during yesterday's press conference (and the spokesperson confirms), the pop star apparently admitted to cops that he'd been high behind the wheel.

"It is illegal to drive while impaired regardless of what caused the impairment," Sgt. Hernandez says. "It does not ONLY include alcohol."

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MiamiBeachCrack
MiamiBeachCrack

Police chief says its the club responsibility to screen who comes into their clubs.  Under age women have killed two people recently.  Nothing was done about those clubs licenses.  Who enforces the laws in Miami Beach? 

Jeffrey Adams
Jeffrey Adams

Kids r just trying to grow up, so glad wn I was doing that I wasn't living under a microscope or desperate to shed my kid image

Henry Herrera
Henry Herrera

How do you justify this as news? No one cares.

Heffe Chico
Heffe Chico

So a Known Corrupted Police Department, Embellishes a story about a Person (which they been doing for years) is not news? Why do U want Justin Bieber to fail so bad, Bekuz he's rich? He earned every dollar he didnt steal the money he didnt inherit it. He grew up poor.. Of Course it's news, Paul Walker Died Drag Racing Everybody said he was an Angel and RiP... But Justin deserves to go to Jail for going 15 miles over the speed limit... How U Jealous of a 19 year?

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I agree, the amount of alcohol in him at his weight is 1/2 a drink in an hour. I bet he blows that on a breathalizer after rinsing his mouth with Listerine ? They have him for abusing a mouthwash ? The other part, he smoked weed and that's where they have something in my opinion, becasue doing 60 mph in a 30 mph zone has to be qualified that he was going that fast in a Lamborghini. The youth center there ? It was 4 AM, how many kids besides these three were out there at 4 AM ? That's almost like the tree falling in the rain forest, if nobody was there did it even happen ? Charlie Sheen hasn't commented and for good reason, Beiber is even a weak party beast.

Crystal V Hover
Crystal V Hover

Good grief. WHO CARES. This isn't news. But, since the conspiracy theory is now in play - bottom line: You got popped. speeding, driving without a license, lying about your whereabouts before the arrest. SHUT your pie hole and own it you punk ass nothing.

Alejandro Castrillon
Alejandro Castrillon

love how it says Dade behind him.. yuuhh Dade county did something right for once

Jimmy Dempsey
Jimmy Dempsey

MBPD was probably getting nonstop phone calls about him being arrested so they took to twitter

Jimmy Dempsey
Jimmy Dempsey

he already has national attention. Doesn't need to get arrested for it

Likrish Sasha
Likrish Sasha

Helicopters all night,fifty paparazzi camped out in alleys and winding through the beach, sirens going off, dui/speed checks ramped up...congresswoman interrupted in a live interview for this BREAKING NEWS...all for a little boy who sings pop songs which I have never heard. People...really? enough airtime for this idiota.

Mary Todisco
Mary Todisco

How can anyone doubt how intoxicated he was? He admitted it and look at his eyes in that mugshot!

Mar To
Mar To

Stop talking about him.

Mar To
Mar To

Leave that ass hole in!!

Odysseus Duran
Odysseus Duran

Wow... Seriously... WHO GIVES A FUCK....!! Why are we giving this boy any attention, has the world gone mad... There're other story's out there that are more important than this crap....

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

A 19-year-old should not have ANY alcohol in his system...no matter where he claims citizenship.

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

He was drag racing on a residential street I think that is more important. Sober or high he could have killed someone. Closing off streets who does he think he is ?

David Estreval
David Estreval

Miami New Times don't you have write another bullshit article on how "reefa" was innocent when his high ass ran from police and should of never been tased

David Estreval
David Estreval

Eddy Earthtone Blak you sound like mbpd ruined your life lmao!

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

FUCK THE MIAMI BEACH POLICE, FUCK JUSTINS IGNORANT CUNT FANS AND MOST DEF FUCK BIEBERS SPOILED ASS. FOR SOMEONE WHO ISN'T AMERICAN HE SURE DOES EMBODY EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA. HE WILL CRASH AND BURNED SOON..

Michael J. Aceti
Michael J. Aceti

Hmm, let me think about this for a second. Wait... NO ONE CARES!

Rudi Navarra
Rudi Navarra

Who gives a damn. There is no reason whatsoever to have this be a 'breaking' story on CNN, et al

Dimitry Manasov
Dimitry Manasov

Lean is the drug of choice for this dude, not alcohol.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

It's so stupid when people say others get arrested for attention....

Marco Alessio Di Giovanni
Marco Alessio Di Giovanni

The little c**t (pardon my French, but I think he's the only person I can call that without offending anyone) already has all the attention in the world, so he doesn't need more. This was simply just him acting like a little c**t

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

Stop giving this kid more attention. Stop making stupid people famous.

MiamiBeachCrack
MiamiBeachCrack

MBPD should be warning residents of all the rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts they forget to send over to the Herald. 

Once again MBPD uses the media to slam suspects who have not had a trial.  They even do this to people they have killed. 

Miami Beach doesn't have a police department.  They have a bunch of union employees who wear guns. 

Chris Ball
Chris Ball

It doesnt fucking matter!!! Since when did become legal to under age drink & do drugs?! And this is the fucking idiot you let your daughters look up to...shame on you! Deport this lil fuck back to where he came from!!

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