Authorities drop drunk and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen

by Peter Heck · Feb 24th, 2021 2:25 pm

Last Updated Feb 26th, 2021 at 9:14 am

Two of the three charges against rock legend Bruce Springsteen were dropped Wednesday by a federal magistrate in New Jersey.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony R. Mautone said that a U.S. park ranger erred in charging Springsteen with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. On the remaining charge, drinking alcohol on federal property, Springsteen entered a guilty plea and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

According to the rocker, he imbibed "two tiny shots of tequila" with fans prior to his arrest on November 14th at the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Mautone also informed Springsteen that he would be responsible for an additional $40 in court costs, and asked him when he would be able to make the payment.

Springsteen smirked and replied, "I think I could pay that immediately, your Honor."

Springsteen's attorney, Mitchell Ansell, said that they were satisfied with the outcome.

"Mr. Springsteen is pleased with the outcome of today's court appearance," Ansell said following dismissal. "We want to thank the court and will have no further comment at this time."


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