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Bruce Springsteen will appear in court later this month on DWI charges stemming from a November 2020 incident.

Per Asbury Park Press, Springsteen “…is due to make an appearance via video conference before Magistrate Judge Anthony Mautone on Feb. 24, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

News broke a week ago that Springsteen was cited for DWI, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area on November 14, 2020 at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J. The police report from the arrest detailed that Springsteen was seen taking a shot of tequila in the park and “smelt strongly of alcohol coming off his person and had glassy eyes.” Springsteen also failed standardized field sobriety tests and “refused to provide a sample on the preliminary breath test.”

The police report is significantly different from other accounts of the incident reported by The Asbury Park Press and The New York Post. The Asbury Park Press reported a source close to the incident said Springsteen blew a .02, which is a quarter of the legal .08 limit in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, The New York Post reported a detailed account of the DWI arrest saying a source close to Springsteen said he was driving his motorcycle around when he was spotted by some fans in Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J. The fans asked Springsteen to pull over and take pictures, which he did. The source then said, “Bruce stopped, took the pictures, then a fan offered him a shot of liquor, which he took, while sitting on his bike, which was stationary. Park Police saw what happened and they immediately pulled Springsteen over as he drove away.”

Springsteen has yet to comment publically on the incident and is reportedly scheduled to appear in court in the coming weeks. In the aftermath of the news, however, Jeep pulled its Super Bowl ad featuring Springsteen from its YouTube channel and social media.


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights