A few days ago we and other sites reported on the arrest of Bruce Springsteen at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. This happened in November, but early information was scarce. Now new details are being revealed and an arrest for drunk driving is becoming downright scary. Even Springsteen’s Jeep commercial has been removed from YouTube.
He has gone down in history partly because of the timing of his release. This past Sunday, Springsteen recorded his first TV commercial for the Jeep brand during the Super Bowl. Boss can be seen driving his 1980 Jeep, among other things. So Springsteen and drunk driving were successful because of the timing.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Springsteen’s blood alcohol content was only .02.
Bruce Springsteen in the Jeep Super Bowl LV commercial, The Middle | Jeep
But now the Asbury Park Press newspaper says his blood alcohol level was only .02 when he was arrested. The legal blood alcohol level in New Jersey, as in many other states, is .08. The .02 level is well below what is considered drunk in New Jersey. Well, what about it?
Springsteen’s specific charges were driving under the influence, indoor drinking and reckless driving. So the BAC and the indictment don’t quite add up. And Springsteen has no prior DUI license – he doesn’t even have a ticket, according to public court records.
Because it was a park where drinking was prohibited in many places. But the ban didn’t take effect until 2019. Springsteen would have ridden through the park on his Triumph motorcycle. At one point, he stopped taking selfies with some fans.
Park ranger saw a fan offering Springsteen Patróntequila.
Bruce Springsteen Jeep commercial
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During the conversation, the parking attendant noticed a fan offering Springsteen a Patrón tequila. He took a sip, then returned to his triumph and started. Consumption of tequila and driving or operating a vehicle after such consumption would be prohibited in the park. So it seems Springsteen wasn’t driving drunk because he was breaking the rules at the park.
In the quote, the agent who wrote Springsteen said: Springsteen smelled strongly of alcohol on his face, and his eyes were glassy. When the park ranger pointed out to Springsteen that alcohol was not allowed in the park, the musician admitted to drinking two tequila shots.
Springsteen took two field sobriety tests, and he failed both.
Bruce Springsteen and E-Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons | Getty
But Springsteen was tested twice for sobriety, and he failed both. The subpoena also states that Springsteen rocked back and forth and had trouble looking horizontally and a walk and turn test. It is also said that he initially refused the breathalyzer test, although he eventually accepted it.
As a result of the media coverage of Springsteen’s drunk driving, the guys at Jeep have removed a Springsteen ad from their YouTube channel. A Jeep spokesman said it would wait to hear more, but would only say that drinking and driving should never be tolerated. That goes without saying.
In the meantime, we will have to wait and see where this goes. Does this still sound as bad as the original report, or is this not news to you?
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