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Bieber held over 'drink-drive race'

Troubled teenage pop singer Justin Bieber has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, US police have said.

The 19-year-old - famed for hits such as Boyfriend and Beauty And A Beat - is also accused of "drag racing" on Miami Beach in Florida.

It comes on the back of months of scrapes for the singer, who announced to his fans last month that he was retiring, only to explain it away as a joke shortly afterwards.

Miami Beach Police Department announced the arrest with a message on Twitter today.

Last year the singer disappointed thousands of fans in the UK by showing up to gigs late, which left many of his young followers having to leave his performances only moments after he started performing to catch trains home.

He was also involved in a scuffle outside his hotel in London during his colourful visit to the UK.

Detectives searched Bieber's California home recently looking for surveillance footage while investigating whether he was involved in throwing eggs and causing damage to a neighbour's home, amounting to thousands of pounds. A uthorities arrested one member of Bieber's entourage on suspicion of drug possession.

Miami Dade Police spokesman Sergeant Bobby Hernandez said o fficers saw two cars racing in the early hours of this morning, at 4.09am local time.

Two vehicles had apparently been used to block off an area for the drag race, with Bieber in a yellow Lamborghini. The driver of a red Ferrari which was involved in the race was also arrested.

Bieber failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Miami Beach police station for a breath test.

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