A drunk driving charge brought against Bruce Springsteen following a November incident has been dropped by a federal judge following a virtual hearing this week. A second charge for reckless driving was also dropped.
The Boss did plead guilty to a third charge of consuming alcohol in a closed area, for which he was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
The incident in question took place at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, NJ last November. Springsteen had been driving through the park on his motorcycle when he was stopped by fans. He spoke with the fans and took selfies and was offered two shots of tequila by a member of the group, to which he obliged.
A park policeman witnessed the incident and immediately pulled Springsteen over when he began to drive away. Despite the officer’s report that Springsteen was visibly under the influence, including describing him as having “glassy eyes” and “swaying back and forth”, Springteen’s blood alcohol was just .02 when tested shortly after at the park ranger’s office. The legal limit in New Jersey is .08.
The case was heard in a federal court because the incident took place on federal land.
Although the incident took place in November, it wasn’t until February that it was first reported on by TMZ. The story came out just days after Springsteen appeared in a commercial for Jeep during Super Bowl LV. Jeep suspended the commercial on news of the DUI charge saying they would wait “until the actual facts can be established” before resuming it.