The Boss is about to meet the judge. Bruce Springsteen will appear in a New Jersey court next week to face DWI and other charges.
Federal authorities charged the 71-year-old rocker with DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area in November, Fox News said. A park ranger at the Gateway National Recreation Area reportedly found Springsteen looking glassy-eyed and smelling of alcohol. The ranger arrested Springsteen after he declined to take a breath test.
“Springsteen refused to take a preliminary breath test (PBT), despite signs of intoxication namely after testing his gaze and walk and turn tests,” park ranger R. L. Hayes alleges in the document.
The ranger added that he saw Springsteen take a shot of Tequilla and get on his motorcycle. Springsteen reportedly told Hayes that he wasn’t drunk. But the park ranger said he showed multiple signs of intoxication, Fox reported. He was supposedly swaying while standing.
However, a source told the Asbury Park Press that Springsteen’s blood-alcohol content was 0.02 when he was arrested. That’s well below the .08 legal limit in New Jersey.
The charges carry a sentence of 30 days to six months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, Yahoo said. It’s unlikely he will go to prison, however.
Jeep Pulls Bruce Springsteen Ad Over Arrest
Bruce Springsteen had been the centerpiece of a Jeep commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. However, the company pulled the ad from YouTube after news of Springsteen’s arrest broke days later, the New York Times said.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” Jeep said in a statement. “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established.”
The advertisement preached unity and civility. Springsteen, who also wrote the music for the ad, says it’s important for Americans to find “the middle.”
“It’s no secret the middle has been a hard place to get to lately, between red and blue, between servant and citizen, between our freedom and our fear,” Springsteen says in the ad. “Now fear has never been the best of who we are. And as for freedom, it’s not the property of just the fortunate few, it belongs to us all. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, it’s what connects us, and we need that connection. We need the middle.”
People called Springsteen a hypocrite for seeking the middle after campaigning for Democrats and attacking former President Donald Trump. In an Esquire interview in 2018, he said Trump and his supporters were “folks who are invested in denying the idea of a united America.”
“[Trump] has no interest in uniting the country, really, and actually has an interest in doing the opposite and dividing us, which he does on an almost daily basis,” Springsteen said. “So that’s simply a crime against humanity, as far as I’m concerned.”