Michael Arana, a bodyguard for pop star Justin Bieber, was arrested in Miami on November 30 for allegedly causing a car crash while under the influence of alcohol that injured two Miami-Dade police officers.
Arana, 32, faces multiple charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, DUI causing property damage or injury, and driving under the influence. He bonded out of jail on Thursday afternoon. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the alleged crash happened at around 2:30 a.m on Thursday in West Kendall. Arana was reportedly westbound on Kendall Drive when he crashed into a police vehicle near SW 152nd Avenue. Arana did not stop after the crash. He sped away and was stopped by police at 157th Avenue.
Two police officers were injured and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment. They have since been discharged to recover at home, the Miami-Dade Police Department said on Twitter.
“Thankfully, both of our officers involved in the crash earlier this morning have been discharged from the hospital and continue to recover at home. The driver of the vehicle that struck them has been arrested,” the department tweeted.
After he was stopped by police, Arana admitted that he had been drinking, the arrest report said. The officers found receipts in his pockets that indicated he closed his bar tab after midnight. He also reportedly told them that he was a reserve police officer in California.
Arana has reportedly worked as Bieber’s bodyguard for several years. According to TMZ, he has been arrested twice before for disorderly conduct in 2007 and 2013. The charges were eventually dismissed in both cases.
This was the second police crash reported in that week. On November 29, a Miami-Dade police cruiser was hit in North Miami and a woman had to be rescued from her burning vehicle.
According to news sources, an officer in a marked cruiser had stopped at a red light near NE 135th Street when an unidentified woman driving a Dodge Charger crashed into the back of his vehicle. The officer suffered minor injuries to his neck and shoulders but was able to get out of his car. He reportedly helped rescue crews save the driver of the Dodge after her vehicle caught fire.
Both drivers were taken to the hospital. The woman, whose identity has not been made public, suffered severe injuries. It is unclear if she lost control of her vehicle or if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when she crashed into the police car.
The fiery crash blocked off Biscayne Boulevard and NE 145th Street through the morning rush hour. The road was reopened six hours later.