Back in November, Bruce Springsteen was arrested in a park just minutes from his home in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and charged with DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area. Apparently, 71-year-old Bruce was driving his motorcycle around a national park, stopped to take photos with fans, and did two shots of tequila with them. Even though his blood-alcohol level was just 0.02 (super legal), the arresting officers said he was glassy-eyed and swaying. Great concert behavior, bad driving behavior.
At his virtual arraignment this morning, Bruce pled guilty to drinking alcohol in a restricted area, admitting, “I had two small shots of tequila.” But the DWI and reckless driving charges were dropped after prosecutors said they didn’t think they could “sustain their burden of proof.” Meaning they couldn’t Prove (It All Night) that the Boss was drunk driving.
Because Bruce has a stellar driving record, the federal judge imposed a modest $540 fine. Bruce replied, “I think I can pay that immediately, Your Honor,” and I should goddamn hope so! Guy’s worth $500 MILLION. If he can’t get his hands on 1/1,000,000th of his money, it would be a more fucked up financial situation than Britney Spears’ conservatorship!
Bruce’s friendship with Barack Obama probably didn’t hurt his chances in court. Earlier this week, Obama announced the two were launching a podcast together, entitled “Renegades: Born in the USA”:
Last year, I sat down with my good friend Bruce @Springsteen for a long and meaningful conversation that touched on so much of what we’re all dealing with these days. I’m excited to share it with you over the next few weeks: https://t.co/sQACD08AWx pic.twitter.com/biMoxCLhAG
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 22, 2021
When the DWI news broke earlier this month, Jeep immediately pulled their Springsteen-starring Super Bowl ad from YouTube (UPDATE: It’s back now), and said they would “pause” it “until the actual facts can be established.” Makes sense; putting a guilty drunk driver behind the wheel in a commercial is a bad look for Jeep. It would be like casting Lindsay Lohan in a Kay Jewelers ad where she shops for necklaces. Actually… I would love that commercial. Please do this, Kay Jewelers.