Two DWI-related charges against Bruce Springsteen have been dismissed after the music legend appeared before a court this week and pleaded guilty to a third lesser charge.
Springsteen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of "consuming an alcoholic beverage in a closed area," stemming from his November 14, 2020, arrest at New Jersey's Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook. He will have to pay a $540 fine.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was reportedly riding his motorcycle through the park that afternoon when some fans recognized him and waved him over. After greeting the fans and taking some photos with them, Springsteen joined them for two shots of tequila and got back on his motorcycle to leave.
A park police officer witnessed the incident and pulled Springsteen over immediately on suspicion of DWI. Despite being cooperative with the officer and registering just a 0.02 blood alcohol content (BAC)— a quarter of New Jersey's 0.08 legal limit — Springsteen was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area.
Because the incident occurred on federal land, Springsteen answered the charges before a federal judge, Magistrate Judge Anthony Mautone.
Springsteen was fined $540 for the misdemeanor, with Judge Mautone noting that the singer-songwriter had no prior arrests and only three driving violations on his record since 1973.
News of the arrest only became public knowledge on February 10, a few days after Springsteen appeared in a Jeep ad during Super Bowl LV.
Springsteen has not spoken to the media about the case, but sources close to him were quick to downplay the severity of the incident after the news broke, noting his low BAC and the fact that he had no prior arrests.
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