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Feb 24, 2021

Springsteen’s DWI Arrest: Charges Dropped, Springsteen to Pay $500 Fee

Hall of Fame rock star Bruce Springsteen’s DWI charges have been dropped following a court hearing on Wednesday, Feb.24.

Springsteen has been ordered to pay a $500 fee and $40 in court fees after pleading to a single charge of consuming two shots of tequila while driving on his motorcycle at Sandy Hook last fall.

Springsteen had been arrested on Nov. 14 and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was pulled over by park rangers at Sandy Hook after they allegedly witnessed him take a drink with fans who spotted him riding his motorcycle.

“Bruce stopped, took the pictures, then a fan offered him a shot of liquor, which he took, while sitting on his bike, which was stationary,” a source told the New York Post. “Park Police saw what happened, and they immediately pulled Springsteen over as he drove away.”

Springsteen was arrested and cited for DWI, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area, Gateway spokesperson Brenda Ling said in a press release. Ling also stated that Springsteen was “cooperative throughout the process.”

Alcohol has been banned from Sandy Hook, a national recreation area, since 2019.

It was revealed that his BAC was 0.2 percent at the time of the incident, a quarter of the state’s legal limit.

Defense attorney Mitchell Ansell said in a statement issued after the hearing, “The prosecutor was unable to provide the necessary evidence and facts as it related to the charge of driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless driving and therefore, dismissed both of those charges.”