The government dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, confessing that the rocker’s blood-alcohol amount was so low that it didn’t warrant the charges
The authorities fell drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, confessing that the rocker’s blood-alcohol level was so low that it did not warrant the fees.
Springsteen pleaded guilty to another fee, consuming alcohol at a closed area, the Gateway National Recreation Area. Better known as Sandy Hook, it is an Atlantic Ocean peninsula with views of the New York City skyline.
Facing a judge and more than a hundred onlookers in a video conference, Springsteen sat alongside lawyer Mitchell Ansell and confessed that he was aware it was illegal to consume alcohol in the playground.
“I had two small shots of tequila,” Springsteen said in response to questions from an helper U.S. attorney. The case was heard in federal court because the playground is deemed federal land.
U.S. Magistrate Anthony Mautone fined Springsteen $500 for its offense, also $40 in court charges.
“I believe I can pay that immediately, your honour,” Springsteen told Mautone.
In an emailed statement, Ansell wrote that Springsteen”is satisfied with the outcome” of the court hearing.
According to a probable cause document written by park authorities in the time of the incident, Springsteen told a playground officer he’d completed two shots at the previous 20 minutes but would not require a preliminary breath test until he was detained. Mautone said Wednesday the preliminary evaluation isn’t required, and isn’t admissible in court.
When he took a breath test at the park’s ranger station, Springsteen’s blood-alcohol came back .02, a quarter of the legal limit in New Jersey, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The officer wrote he saw Springsteen take a shot of tequila and then get on his bike.
The report explained Springsteen as”visibly swaying back and forth” during a field sobriety test and stated he declined to supply a sample on a first breath test.
After news of this arrest, Jeep placed on quitting an ad that ran through the Super Bowl comprising Springsteen in Kansas urging people to discover common ground. In a statement, Jeep said it’d pause the industrial”until the actual facts could be established.”
Springsteen played Jan. 20 as a part of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, singing”Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial.