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The Boss was fined $540 for the two shots of tequila, but the government dropped two of the charges against him.
- Well, a guilty plea and a fine today from rock star Bruce Springsteen, bringing an end to his highly publicized DUI case. Springsteen pleaded guilty to drinking at Sandy Hook, which is illegal, but the two other more serious charges including DUI were dropped. New Jersey reporter Anthony Johnson has the details and reaction from The Boss.
ANTHONY JOHNSON: The Boss admits he was drinking at the Sandy Hook National Park but he really was never too intoxicated to drive. In a virtual court hearing from his lawyer's office, Bruce Springsteen stated, "I had two small shots of tequila." The 71-year-old rocker was asked if he knew it was illegal to drink in the confines of the park. He answered, "Yes, I was."
Sandy Hook is a place where the Jersey native has made music in the past.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (SINGING) Is it me, baby?
ANTHONY JOHNSON: In his 2016 book "Born to Run," Springsteen said he didn't drink until he was 22 because his father had a serious problem with alcohol. The Boss admitted that he likes tequila.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: What had I been sweating and worrying about? Unlike my father, I was generally a merry drinker, simply prone to foolish behavior. From then on and for quite a while thereafter, the mezcal flowed. Tequila.
ANTHONY JOHNSON: He had shots of Patron on the day of his arrest. The judge did make a point of saying that, up until two years ago, alcohol was allowed on park grounds. The US attorney in the case added that Bruce Springsteen refused a field sobriety test after being stopped by a park ranger back on November 14 of last year, which was his right. However, he did submit to a breathalyzer at the ranger station, which registered a 0.02. According to the US attorney, the defendant would be considered presumptively not impaired under a 0.02 blood alcohol content.
With that fact, both the DUI charge and the reckless driving charge were dropped. Springsteen did have to pay a fine for consuming the alcohol on the grounds of the national park. The judge had to ask, "Mr. Springsteen, I need to know how long you need to pay that fine." Bruce answered, "I think I can pay that immediately, Your Honor."
You could sense a little levity in the courtroom at that moment. The judge gave Springsteen until next Wednesday to pay the $500 fine and $40 in court fees.