Justin Bieber's Arrest May Save His Life?

01/27/2014
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(Radio.com) After a tumultuous 2013 in which Justin Bieber made headlines for fighting with his neighbors, going nuts at a NYC nightclub, peeing on Bill Clinton (well, sort of) and losing custody of his pet monkey, the pop star swore this year would be different. But only 23 days into 2014 and it seems like it's more of the same.

On Thursday (Jan. 23), Bieber was arrested in Florida for drag-racing and driving under the influence with the official report stating that the officer smelled an "odor of alcohol emanating from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes." Bieber—who was charged with resisting arrest without violence, a DUI and driving with an expired drivers license—was later released on a $2,500 bail, stopping on his way out to wave at photographers and blow kisses to his fans.

"This is the best thing that could have happened to him," said former child star Danny Bonaduce on his radio morning show on Seattle's KZOK-FM (a Radio.com station) hours after news of Bieber's arrest went public. "Speaking from personal experience, this could save his life."

In an interview with Radio.com hours later, Bonaduce spoke further on his claims that jail could be a saving grace for the pop star. "I used to be something like Justin Bieber," Bonaduce said. "I didn't have the cash, but you know, every time something I would think was bad happened, somebody would say, 'Best thing that ever happened to Bonaduce.' I think there's absolutely a real chance that the cops saved his life today."

Bonaduce, who became famous for his role on The Partridge Family in the early '70s, is no stranger to the law himself, having been arrested numerous times on drug charges including a 1990 arrest for trying to buy cocaine in Daytona Beach. It should be noted, Bonaduce was there to speak at an anti-drug campaign aimed at keeping kids off drugs. Looking at Bieber's recent troubles, Bonaduce can't help but see similarities between the pop star and his younger self.

"Being young, stupid and in jail. That's the exact signs that I see I have in common with this kid," Bonaduce said, "You know, you can Google it, I can Google it, I went through some ridiculously hard times for very close to 30 years before I got it together. If someone can help get him together without wasting 30 years of his life that would be wonderful."

Bonaduce says he has no stake in Bieber, but believes he's a talented kid who he'd like to see get his act together before it's too late. "What is it going to escalate to? What will it be next week?" Bonaduce questioned. "And seriously, if he doesn't educate himself we're going to be talking about, 'Can you believe Justin Bieber is dead?' I think anyone would actually say, 'Yeah, I saw this coming.'"

But looking back five years ago, when Bieber first hit the scene, most people wouldn't have seen this coming.

Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

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