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Bieber pleads guilty to avoid DUI verdict

Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest charges seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race.

The 20-year-old pop star’s plea deal with prosecutors detailed at a Wednesday hearing includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution and court fines. The deal allows Bieber to avoid a conviction on any charge of driving under the influence.

Bieber was not present at the hearing.

Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested Jan. 23 while driving exotic sports cars along a quiet residential street. Breath tests indicated that Bieber’s blood-alcohol level was below the limit for underage drivers, but urine tests revealed the presence of marijuana and an anti-anxiety drug.

– Associated Press

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