Bieber given drink-drive court date

Bieber given drink-drive court date

Pop singer Justin Bieber will go on trial for alleged driving offences in Miami on March 3, prosecutors in the United States have announced.

The 19-year-old Canadian was arrested last month on suspicion of three offences: driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid licence.

The March 3 date was set by an automated court system and lawyers representing the My World hit-maker have filed a written plea of not guilty.

Bieber has a huge global fan base, dubbed Beliebers, and more than 40 million followers on Twitter.

He was arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach in connection with what police described as an illegal drag race. Officers said the incident involved two exotic sports cars driven by Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Sharieff was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Breath tests showed Bieber's blood alcohol content was below the .02 threshold for under-age drivers.

However a toxicology test detected marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax in his system, said police.

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