Justin Bieber used to go all around the world making music, now it’s charges.
Less then a week after he was arrested and charged with DUI in Miami Beach, the 19-year-old was charged with assault by last night by Toronto police over an alleged incident involving a limousine driver in December.
Details of the assault charge follow below, but we wanted to bring you up to speed with the latest developments in the DUI case.
The toxicology report conducted for Bieber’s Miami Beach arrest reveals he tested positive for marijuana and Xanax but not for opiates of which Codeine based drugs belong to, NBC 6 South Florida reports citing a law enforcement source.
Read the toxiocology report here.
The results come from a urine sample from Bieber following his arrest on Thursday, January 23, after officers pulled the pop singer and his friend Khalil Amir Sharieff, during what police described as an illegal street drag race in a rented yellow Lamborghini and red Ferrari.
TMZ reports Bieber’s urine revealed Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis. It’s reported the singer had Alprazolam in his system, the dominant chemical in Xanax prescription anti-anxiety medication.
Justin tested negative for cocaine, opiates and meth, and consistent with the initial police report which said the singer admitted to taking prescription mediation, drinking one beer, and smoking marijuana before his 04:13 arrest and after the 04:09 traffic stop and — as it turns out — during a conversation in the police car on the way to the Miami Beach Police station.
Of the marijuana, NBC 6 reports one officer wrote in a police document said Bieber “reeked of marijuana” while sitting in the back and asked the singer about it.
“Yeah, we were smoking all night at the studio,” the report quotes the Canadian as replying.
The toxicology report also appears to shore up Bieber’s statement in the police report that his mother Pattie Mallette provides him with prescription medication.
NBC 6 notes Bieber told police he didn’t know the pills’ names but said they were for anxiety.
“Well, my mom takes care of all that stuff for me,” he said, according to the report.
Most likely due to the substances in his system, a police document also described Bieber as “excited, talkative, profanity, cooperative, insulting, and cocky.”
He allegedly swore during the traffic stop and while resisting arrest, with a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and a flushed face.
In a field sobriety test officers note that Bieber was unable to walk heel-to-toe when asked, had trouble turning and holding his balance, and could not smoothly follow a moving object with his eyes.
Miami Beach Police reports reveal Bieber was given four breath tests, although at first he asked what would happen to his license if he refused the test.
It’s claimed Justin couldn’t focus or follow basic instructions on how to provide the breath sample, and had “extreme difficulty providing a continuous breath.”
The third test, administered at 5:37 am showed a blood alcohol reading of 0.014. A fourth, at 5:40 am, came up as 0.011.
Both are below the 0.02 limit in Florida for under 21’s, 0.08 for drivers above that age.
Alcohol breath tests for Sharieff came up 0.00, according to police.
Justin, who was released on a $2,500 bond, has pleaded not guilty to his charges of DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired license.
According to the Associated Press (AP), court records reveal Bieber’s attorney, Roy Black, filed the written plea Wednesday in Miami-Dade County.
Bieber was set an arraignment court date of February 14, but under Florida law the singer does not have to attend.
Defense attorney Mark Shapiro told AP a decision on whether Justin will attend has not yet been made.
Meanwhile, more legal woes arrived Wednesday when Canadian police charged Bieber with assault as stated at the top.
The alleged incident happened in the early hours of December 30 when the limousine picked up six people including Bieber outside a Toronto nightclub, police said in a news release.
Bieber allegedly struck the limousine driver on the back of his head several times during an altercation on the way to a hotel, prompting the driver to pull over and get out of the car and call the police, but Bieber left before they arrived according to the statement.
California lawyer, Howard Weitzman, issued a statement on behalf of the singer saying he was innocent. Full statement here.
Bieber’s legal team said they expect the matter to be treated as a summary offence, like a US misdemeanor in the US – but that remains to be seen.
The teen star is scheduled to appear in a appear in court at Old City Hall on March 10, 2014 at 11:00 am.
Bieber was charged after appearing at a Toronto police station on Wednesday evening after he arrived in a black SUV. He was escorted into the station by a congo line of police through a scrum of reporters and screaming fans, who waited in temperatures of minus 10 Celsius.
Under the Canadian criminal code the maximum penalty for both summary and indictable assault is five years. If the singer is convicted, it’s likely it wouldn’t affect the current baying debate about Bieber’s eligibility for deportation as it would not have occurred in the US. A DUI conviction would also not make the singer eligible.
On Wednesday a “We The People” petition demanding the deportation of Bieber passed the 100,000 signatures threshold necessary to merit a statement from the White House, Reuters reports.
Regarding the assault, the manager of VIP Limousine Toronto alleges Bieber was “involved” but that the alleged hitting was carried out by members of his entourage.
There’s been speculation Justin posted an Instagram video while at the station urging fans to watch his then just dropped “Confident” music video.
But, like the well traveled sizzurp claims that were not found in Bieber’s toxicology report, it was all hooey.
Toronto police confirm Justin Bieber did not record instagram video in custody. #etalkBieber
— etalk (@etalkCTV) January 30, 2014