Bruce Springsteen Arrested For Drunk Driving

Rock and roll music legend Bruce Springsteen was arrested nearly three months ago, at a national park in New Jersey. The charges included reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, officials have said.

Springsteen was also cited for consuming alcohol in a closed area of a national park on the same day, 14 November. He is due to appear in court “in the next few weeks”, a news source reported.

In Home Turf

A National Park Service spokeswoman said Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process”. The Gateway National Recreation Area is a park that connects Sandy Hook, a New Jersey strip of beach just south of New York City, with part of the oceanfront section of New York’s Staten Island and Jamaica Bay.

Bruce Springsteen, often called “The Boss”, has had a career spanning more than five decades, with many of his songs describing his home state of New Jersey.

The musician’s blood-alcohol content was 0.02 — below New Jersey’s legal limit while driving of .08, a source told a local newspaper. Because the alleged offense occurred on federal land, Springsteen will face federal enclave-court Judge Anthony Mautone in Newark, likely via videoconference later this month, according to Matthew Reilly, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Newark.

No More Jeep Commericals

Springsteen’s arrest came a few weeks after the release of his 20th studio album, “Letter to You”. The rock star also made a recent appearance in an advert for Jeep played during the Super Bowl, the annual championship American football game, in which he spoke of reuniting a divided America in a two-minute video titled “The Middle” sponsored by Jeep.

On the back of the arrest, Jeep has pulled its Super Bowl ad from YouTube. “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” a spokesperson for Jeep told a magazine.

They continued; “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established. Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.”

By: Anjana Sathyanarayan