A crash into a Miami-Dade police car on Thursday morning ended in an arrest — and the driver taken into custody is the bodyguard for one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Michael “Mikey” Arana, 32, the head of security for singer Justin Bieber, was charged with multiple counts of leaving the scene of a crash and a count of driving under the influence.
Miami-Dade police said that two officers were involved in the early morning crash in West Kendall. The officers were taken to Baptist West and Kendall Regional hospitals with back and head injuries. Both are recovering at home.
Arana was featured in the 2016 documentary “Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower” and is part of a beefed-up security presence for the pop star in recent years, according to a 2016 Rolling Stone story.
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“Being a security guard you need to be a leader, you need to take control of situations and understand how to communicate,” Arana says as he walks with Bieber in a trailer for the movie.
According to the police report, Arana was speeding west in a Chevrolet Tahoe on Kendall Drive at about 2:30 a.m. when he crashed into the police cruiser near Southwest 152nd Avenue. Arana sped away and drove over a median before another pair of officers stopped him at 157th Avenue.
After the crash, that stretch of Kendall Drive was shut down early Thursday morning into morning rush hour.
Arana, a Miami native who lives near the crash area, admitted to police that he had been drinking, according to the arrest report. He also had crumpled drink receipts in his jean pockets showing that he closed his tab a little after midnight, police said. He also told officers that he was a reserve police officer in California.
Arana has had two previous run-ins with the law in Miami-Dade — two disorderly conduct arrests in 2007 and 2013. In the 2013 incident, TMZ reported that Arana got “into a fighting stance” while arguing with police officers and questioning why his friend, Hugo Hesny, had been arrested. In both cases the charges were eventually dismissed.
By Thursday afternoon he bonded out of jail.
Thursday’s police crash was the second in two days.
On Wednesday, a Miami-Dade police car was hit in North Miami and a woman had to be rescued from her burning car. The officer, who was stopped at a red light at Biscayne Boulevard at 135th Street, suffered minor injuries, and helped rescue the driver who hit his cruiser.
The identity of that driver and what led to her rear-ending the officer’s car have not been released.