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Justin Bieber 'drag race' court date set for March

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Image caption The trial relates to an incident in Miami Beach on 23 January

A trial date has been set for Justin Bieber after his recent arrest on charges of driving under the influence.

A Miami-Dade County judge set the date for 3 March. The Canadian singer's lawyers have already filed a written plea of not guilty.

He is also charged with resisting arrest and driving with an invalid licence.

Bieber, 19, was arrested on 23 January after police said he was racing his sports car on a Miami Beach street.

The singer is currently on bail, set at $2,500 (£1,500).

Prosecutors will formally file charges at an arraignment on 14 February.

R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, the driver of the car Bieber was allegedly racing against, was also arrested after being reportedly found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

A week after the alleged road racing incident, the singer was charged with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto in December.

A lawyer for the singer said his client was innocent of that charge.

The teen star has had several run-ins with police over the past year.

Earlier in January, police in California searched Bieber's home after he allegedly threw eggs at his neighbour's house.

The outcome of that search remains unclear, though one of the singer's associates was arrested amid the search and charged with drug possession.

In a separate incident in November, Brazilian police charged the star with illegally spraying graffiti in Rio de Janeiro.

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