Bruce Springsteen DWI charges dismissed

News 26/02/2021

Bruce Springsteen's two DWI charges have been dismissed while pleading guilty to a third lesser charge.

The Boss' brief legal battle were done via video conference before Magistrate Judge Anthony Mautone. Springsteen pleaded guilty to "consuming an alcoholic beverage in a closed area". In doing so, it was confirmed that he drank "two small shots of tequila" on 14th November 2020 at New Jersey's Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

He was fined for $450 for the misdemeanor, though a higher amount of jail time could have been on the table if the judge deemed it necessary. In Springsteen's case, Judge Mautone noted that Springsteen had a sparkling record with no prior criminal charges and only three driving violations since 1973.

The charges that were dropped includes driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Baker attested that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge, noting that Springsteen's blood alcohol content at the time of arrest was .02, which was under the legal limit.

Springsteen was arrested in November after reportedly taking two shots with fans who had recognised him riding his motorcycle.