Trial date set for Bieber Miami arrest

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Copy of APTOPIX Canada Bieber Assault Charge~1 AP Canadian musician Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and police officers as he turns himself in to city police for an expected assault charge in Toronto on January 29, 2014. Photo: The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette/AP

A trial date has been set for Justin Bieber in Miami for his recent arrest on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid licence.

A Miami-Dade County judge set trial for the three misdemeanors for March 3. Bieber's attorneys have already filed a written plea of not guilty. Initial trial dates are often delayed.

The 19-year-old pop star was arrested January 23 in Miami Beach after what police called an illegal drag race between two exotic sports cars driven by Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff.

Sharieff was also arrested on a DUI charge.

Breath tests showed Bieber's blood alcohol content below the .02 threshold for underage drivers. But police say a toxicology test detected the presence of marijuana and Xanax in his system. - Sapa-AP

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