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Justin Bieber's bodyguard leaves jail after DUI arrest

Michael Arana accused of fleeing after crash that injured 2 police officers

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Justin Bieber's bodyguard was released from jail Thursday afternoon, hours after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving and leaving the scene of a crash that injured two Miami-Dade police officers.

Michael Arana, 32, walked out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without speaking to reporters.

The crash happened about 2:30 a.m. at Kendall Drive and Southwest 152nd Avenue.

According to a police report, a Chevrolet Tahoe was speeding when it rear-ended the officers' cruiser. The SUV continued to drive away after the crash.

Police soon caught up with the SUV a few blocks away.

According to the report, Arana had glassy eyes, blood on his lips and smelled of alcohol. When asked if he had been drinking, Arana answered, "Yes, sir."

Officers said they found several crumpled receipts in Arana's pants pocket that indicated he paid for several alcoholic beverages earlier that morning.

Michael Arana is taken into custody.
Michael Arana is taken into custody.

Police said Arana refused to provide a blood sample.

The officer who was driving the cruiser was treated for back injuries at West Kendall Baptist Hospital and later released. The other officer was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center with a head injury.

"Because of that bloody mouth injury, a breath test was deemed impractical," the police report said.

Instead, police sought to obtain a blood sample, which Arana refused, the report said.

Arana has been Bieber's bodyguard for years. He was seen leaving jail with the pop star after Bieber's 2014 arrest in Miami Beach.

Justin Bieber, with bodyguard Michael Arana (left foreground), leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Jan. 23, 2014 after Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach.
Justin Bieber, with bodyguard Michael Arana (left foreground), leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Jan. 23, 2014 after Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach.

Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach on Jan. 23, 2014 on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a valid license and resisting arrest without violence. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges and made a $50,000 donation to a youth charity as part of a plea deal to avoid serving any time behind bars.

Arana faces charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. He was released from jail on a $14,500 bond.

#RIGHT #NOW @JustinBieber bodyguard Michael Arana was silent as he walked out jail after posting bond on DUI charges. Police said he appeared drunk when officers caught w/ him after he crashed into a police cruiser and drove off. Two officers were hurt in the crash. pic.twitter.com/nqT7BO3QKQ

— Carlos Suarez (@CarlosWPLG) November 30, 2017


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