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Reuters, Published January 30 2014

Bieber had pot, prescription meds in system when arrested

MIAMI BEACH, Florida - Teen pop star Justin Bieber had marijuana and prescription medication for anxiety in his system at the time of his arrest last week in Miami Beach, the state attorney's office said on Thursday.

The preliminary report issued by the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney did not detail the amount of marijuana and alprazolam, better known as the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, that the 19-year-old singer had in his system. Police have said he failed a field sobriety test after they had caught him allegedly drag racing on January 23.

Bieber, who is Canadian, was charged with driving under influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving on an expired license. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The "Boyfriend" singer, who is under the U.S. legal drinking age of 21, also had a minimal amount of alcohol in his system but had difficulty performing a breathalyzer test for alcohol, police said in an affidavit.

The affidavit was posted online by the CBS television affiliate in Miami, WFOR-TV, and its authenticity was confirmed by Miami Beach police detective Vivian Hernandez.

The singer's representatives declined to comment.

Bieber, whose private life has taken a tumultuous turn in the past year, was also charged on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December.

The limousine driver alleged to have been assaulted by teen popstar Justin Bieber quit his job following the December incident, the manager of the limo company told the Toronto Star in an article published on Thursday.

The driver is "in shock. Something like this does not happen in Toronto," Tony Albert, manager of Park Lane Livery limousines, told the newspaper. He said the driver was middle-aged and new to the position, but he declined to disclose his identity on the advice of legal counsel.

An employee at the company told Reuters that Albert was not immediately available to confirm the report.

"We do club runs every weekend in Toronto - even with the drunkies we never faced this kind of problem, the driver getting physically assaulted in the head," he said.

Canadian police charged Bieber on Wednesday with assault following the incident in the early hours of December 30 when Bieber and five others were picked up outside a Toronto nightclub.

Police alleged the driver was struck on the back of the head several times during an altercation on the way to a hotel. Bieber, 19, left the scene before police arrived, they alleged in a statement.

The singer's Canadian lawyer said in a statement that Bieber is innocent.

Bieber, a native of Ontario, Canada, has had a rocky life in the last year with problems ranging from scuffling with paparazzi in London to a felony investigation into whether he pelted a neighbor's house with eggs in his gated community near Los Angeles.

Bieber was charged after appearing at a Toronto police station on Wednesday evening, arriving in a black SUV and met by a crowd of journalists and screaming fans, who braved temperature of minus 14 Fahrenheit.

On Thursday, TV crews were camped outside a hotel in Toronto's upscale Yorkville area where Bieber was thought to be staying. The singer representatives declined to disclose his location.

The singer had at least one defender on Thursday who knows something about negative attention: fellow Canadian and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Ford, who has become a staple of late-night comics since he admitted in November that he had smoked crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor," defended Bieber on Thursday during an interview on a Washington, D.C., radio show called Sports Junkies.

"Well, you know what, he's a young guy," said Ford. "He's 19 years old, guys. Think back to when you were 19."