January 27

Bieber relaxing in Panama after Florida arrest

The singer is seen on a Pacific beach a few days after being charged with drunken driving.

The Associated Press

PANAMA CITY — Pop star Justin Bieber is relaxing at the beach in Panama after being charged in Florida with driving under the influence.

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Justin Bieber, second right, and Chantel Jeffries, far left, walk with unidentified people on a beach in Punta Chame, Panama, on Saturday.

The Associated Press/Eddy Vasquez

Panamanian radio and television host Eddy Vasquez was filming a show at a Pacific Coast resort in Punta Chame when he spotted Bieber and his entourage walking on the beach.

Vasquez and his crew took pictures of the singer and his companions, who got on personal watercraft and traveled to a nearby island.

Bieber, 19, was arrested early Thursday in Miami Beach with R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff, after police saw them racing two luxury vehicles down the street at 4:09 a.m..

Bieber later admitted smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication, police said. He was released on a $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon.

For a first DUI offense in Florida, there is no minimum jail sentence and a maximum of six months, a fine of $250 to $500, and 50 hours of community service. For anyone under 21, there is an automatic six-month license suspension.

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