Justin Bieber to Plead Guilty Today to DUI, Attend Anger Management Course in Miami
Crack open a Molson, Miami -- our long Canadian nightmare is finally coming to an end. Justin Bieber, the tweeny-bopping scourge of South Beach, is reportedly set to plead guilty this afternoon to driving under the influence. Bieber was arrested in January after police say he and his crew blocked off part of Pine Tree Drive to drag-race their sports cars.
The pop star will reportedly agree to take an anger management course in Miami and watch a series of videos about the consequences of driving under the influence, the Miami Herald reports.
Bieber's South Florida troubles began in the wee hours of January 23, when Miami Beach Police officers stopped the singer in a yellow Lamborghini after residents reported he'd been drag-racing a friend in another Lamborghini on Pine Tree.
Police say Bieber berated them before admitting he'd smoked weed and popped a Xanax. His blood later tested positive for both, though he passed a sobriety test.
"Kid needs help," a police spokesman told Riptide at the time.
He'll get that help under the plea agreement leaked to the Herald. The 12-hour course he has agreed to attend will concentrate on anger management -- and will be privately staged to keep the paparazzi out.
He'll also agree to a $50,000 donation to a local charity.
"The strengths and weaknesses of the case motivated everyone to seek this appropriate resolution," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement. "The ultimate purpose of the Miami Beach Police Department's initial traffic stop was to end some rash, juvenile-type conduct before a tragedy occurred. The intervention and counseling parts of the plea should provide a pathway toward adult responsibility."
Sadly, a stay-out-of-South-Beach condition was apparently not part of the court's plea package.
Here's the full plea deal:
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