The U.S. government has dismissed charges of DWI and reckless driving against Bruce Springsteen following his DWI arrest at a New Jersey national park this past November.
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Rolling Stone reports Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area as part of a pre-hearing agreement between U.S. attorneys and the singer’s legal team. Springsteen admitted to having “two small shots of tequila” at the Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey, news that first came about in a report a few weeks ago.
The decision came during a virtual hearing on Wednesday as Springsteen was formally charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. After the charges were read, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Baker said the government “cannot sustain its burden of proof” as it relates to the DWI and reckless driving charges.
“The blood alcohol reading was .02, which as the court is aware, is well under the state limit of .08,” Baker said.
Springsteen was given a $500 fine after he pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen’s lawyer Mitchell Ansell said, “Mr. Springsteen is pleased with the outcome of today’s court appearance. The prosecutor was unable to provide the necessary evidence and facts as it related to the charge of Driving under the Influence (DUI) and Reckless Driving and therefore, dismissed both of those charges."
He added: "Mr Springsteen, who has no previous criminal record of any kind, voluntarily plead guilty to a violation of consuming an alcoholic beverage in a closed area, agreeing to a fine of $500. We want to thank the Court and will have no further comment at this time.”
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