USA TODAY - The tribulations of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber continue with the release today of video from his arrest in Miami Beach last month, which shows him walking unsteadily and even stumbling during a sobriety test.
Only a few moments depict Bieber in the roughly 10 hours of video released by Miami-Dade County prosecutors following public records requests from The Associated Press and Florida news organizations.
The videos were recorded at the Miami Beach Police Department shortly after Bieber and pal Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested during what officers said was an illegal street drag race in exotic sports cars. They were not charged with drag racing, however.
In one clip, described by the AP, Bieber, dressed in a dark hoodie with the hood over his head, dark baggy shorts and bright red shoes, wavers as he tries to walk carefully and slowly heel to toe. He stumbles slightly as he turns and appears to have his arms out for balance. In a second try he stumbles again, even reaching out to a wall for support, and has an animated face-to-face conversation with a police officer in which both point fingers at each other.
There are only brief glimpses of the pop singer's face and no close-ups in the medium-quality video, which also included no time codes to determine how long he underwent the sobriety tests.
But it couldn't have been good news for the Biebs, who fought the release of the videos. Meanwhile, his driver and bodyguard were arrested in Atlanta for allegedly stealing a photographer's camera during a confrontation.
The 10 hours of video clips show Bieber in custody after he was arrested Jan. 23 on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving on an expired driver's license from Georgia. He and Sharieff were in a Lamborghini sports car in a residential neighborhood when they were stopped by police who suspected they were preparing to race against friends in a Ferrari.
Bieber has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Video already released by police showed Bieber taking off his shoes and socks, spreading his legs and leaning against a table for a pat-down search. But other parts of the video, including a segment showing him giving a urine sample, were withheld from the release today.
Bieber and his lawyers have objected to the release of all the video but especially those parts, and another hearing on the disputed parts is set for March 4, according to the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
Meanwhile, police in Sandy Springs, Ga., today said they would charge a Bieber bodyguard with felony theft but not one of his drivers, according to the Associated Press.
Driver Terrance Johnson, 49, had driven one of three Cadillac Escalades that brought Bieber and his friends to the Sandy Springs Funhouse entertainment complex on Tuesday.
The driver and bodyguard Hugo Hesny, 32, were taken into custody on Tuesday on felony charges, after a photographer, who was waiting to take pictures of Bieber coming out of the arcade, accused them of confronting him and stealing his camera valued at about $10,000.
Bieber was not involved in the incident.
The bodyguard faces a court date on Thursday on charge of robbery by snatch. The police report says he admitted he took the camera, to delete the photos on it.
On the slightly brighter side for Bieber, the Obama administration still has not filed a formal response to a petition on the White House website We the People, seeking Bieber's deportation back to Canada. So far, the petition has 263,000 signatures and the White House is supposed to respond after any petition reaches 100,000 signatures.