Bruce Springsteen scored a victory in court on Wednesday when the U.S. attorney dropped the two most serious charges of his November arrest.
71-year-old Springsteen pleaded guilty to drinking tequila in a federal park, but the drunk and reckless driving charge was dropped because his blood alcohol level was well below the legal limit. The boss agreed to pay a fine of $ 500 plus $ 40 in court fees.
“I think I can pay for this right now,” he smiled on NJ.com.
Springsteen appeared for the virtual appearance alongside attorney Mitchell Ansell and answered a few questions about what was going on at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey on November 14th. He admitted consuming alcohol in a “closed area” of The Park, where drinking was recently banned.
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“I had two small shots of tequila,” explained Springsteen.
The songwriter was arrested on DWI charges after a park ranger saw him shoot and then started the engine of his Triumph motorcycle. Springsteen was “cooperative throughout the process,” a National Parks Service spokesman told Yahoo Entertainment. His blood alcohol level was 0.02, which is below the legal limit of 0.08.
“The government does not believe that it can bear its burden of proof. We respectfully urge the court to dismiss the two (remaining) charges,” prosecutors said on Wednesday.
After pleading guilty, the judge who noted Springsteen’s 1973 clean driving history fined the singer $ 540, stating “a fine is the appropriate punishment in this case.”
When Judge Mautone asked how long Springsteen would have to pay the fine, the Born in the USA crooner smiled that he could pay it by the end of the day.
“Mr. Springsteen is pleased with the outcome of today’s courtroom appearance,” said Ansell in a statement from NJ.com after the brief hearing. “The prosecutor was unable to provide the necessary evidence and facts related to the DUI and reckless driving charges and therefore dismissed both charges. Mr. Springsteen, who has no previous criminal record. We plead voluntarily for a violation of consuming an alcoholic beverage in an enclosed area and agree to a fine of $ 500. We would like to thank the court and will not comment further at this time. “
Springsteen’s November 2020 arrest was only made public earlier this month. Shortly after the musician appeared in his first Super Bowl ad (ever) for Jeep, the news came. The company quickly suspended the commercial and removed it from its YouTube page.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter that we have only read about and that we cannot justify,” said Jeep diversity in a statement at the time. “But it is also right that we pause our big game commercial until the real facts are known. The message of community and unity is still relevant. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be tolerated. “
It’s not exactly that Springsteen’s decade-long career is actually a success. Former President Barack Obama just released a new Spotify podcast. Renegades: Born in the USA, with the symbol.