Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty to drinking with fans at a New Jersey Park, but miraculously dodged charges of DWI and reckless driving since the prosecutor stated he “wasn’t drunk” during the incident. A disposition in the case was announced during the arrangement on three misdemeanor charges stemming from his November 14th arrest. Springsteen was arrested at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook.
During his virtual hearing, Springsteen stated, “I had two shots of tequila.” Despite his confession, federal prosecutors dismissed the charges noting that his blood alcohol content was 0.02, which is far below the state’s legal limit while driving of 0.08. According to Assistant US Attorney Adam Baker, “It’s actually low enough that the defendant would be considered presumptively not impaired under New Jersey law. We do look to New Jersey law as persuasive guidance.”
DUI Charge Dropped Against Bruce Springsteen
Baker also stated that Springsteen, who is 71-years-old, had to refuse to take a preliminary breathalyzer at the park, which is a test that is not actually required by law. Parker told Judge Anthony Mautone, “He did submit to the legally required breath test when he was at the ranger station.” The singer was charged in federal enclave court after a park ranger had caught him downing the shots with a group of fans who caught the rocker passing by on his motorcycle.
Springsteen has no other criminal history. Mautone stated that the singer would impose a $540 fine, calling it an appropriate punishment in the case. The judge then asked Springsteen how long it would take for him to pay the fine, prompting a smirk from his lawyer, Mitchell Ansell. Springsteen quickly replied, “I think I can pay that immediately, Your Honor.” All three charges carried up to $5,000 in fines and a six-month term of imprisonment.
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Editors Note: This article was originally published on February 10, 2021. It was updated on February 21, 2021, after Prosecutors Dropped Springsteen’s charges. Below is information that was published before the new updated information was included.
Oh man, I wish we could see the mugshot for this. I would pay serious money to see Bruce Springsteen lined up in jail. Turns out the Born in the USA singer was arrested for a DWI and reckless driving in his home state of New Jersey. The news was revealed on Wednesday after he appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep. The 71-year-old icon was arrested on November 14th at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, according to a spokesperson for the National Park Service. This spokesperson really wanted to create some chaos, didn’t they?
Springsteen was charged with DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area. According to the spokesperson, “Springsteen was cooperating throughout the process.” Because well, he probably knew that he was going to go to jail ASAP. What do you do at that moment?
Bruce Springsteen Busted for DWI in New Jersey
According to TMZ, Bruce Springsteen has a court appearance in the coming weeks and has no known prior arrests for DWI. Springsteen’s representatives have not responded to a request for a comment. News of the rocker’s arrest surfaced a few days after Springsteen appeared in a narrated Super Bowl commercial for Jeep, in which he urged Americans to move toward the political “middle” in the spirit of unity amid a bitter division. Springsteen stated, “There’s hope on the road up ahead.”
Last November, “the boss'” album Letter to You debuted at number two on the new Billboard 200 chart. He became the first musician to have a new top five charting album and each of the last six decades. In his autobiography “Born to Run,” the musician admitted that he had avoided drugs and didn’t try alcohol until he was 22-years-old, in part because of how drinking had affected his father.
“Born to Run”
He also revealed that he had a long history of depression, which is a surprise to many fans. He has been heavily praised by fans and bandmates (E Street Band) for his healthy living habits such as avoiding drugs and alcohol, hitting the gym, and giving him credit for the stamina to perform long concerts throughout the decade.