Springsteen facing DWI charges in New Jersey
Legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen is facing charges of driving while intoxicated last year in his native state of New Jersey.
In addition to DWI, the “Born to Run” singer was cited for reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area.
The Nov. 14 arrest of one of the Garden State’s most famous residents took place in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J.
Springsteen was “cooperative throughout the process,” Gateway spokeswoman Brenda Ling told ITK in a statement on Wednesday. TMZ was first to report the news.
The Asbury Park Press reported later Wednesday that a source said Springsteen’s blood-alcohol content was just 0.02, a quarter of New Jersey’s legal limit, calling into question why he was charged.
The arrest of the Grammy Award winner — a prominent supporter of President Biden during the 2020 White House race — came just days after the presidential election.
Springsteen, who criticized former President Trump last year, calling him a “threat to our democracy,” performed at an inaugural concert in Washington, D.C., for Biden last month. He was also seen Sunday behind the wheel in a high-profile Super Bowl commercial for Jeep, during which he called for national unity.
“We need the middle,” Springsteen, 71, said in the ad, which was pulled from YouTube Wednesday amid news of the DWI. “We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground.”
—Updated at 8 p.m.
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