Bruce Springsteen's DWI charges dropped by judge (but doesn't escape fine)

Friday, February 26

By Ciarán Mather

Popular folk-rock singer Bruce Springsteen recently had his Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges against him dismissed by a judge.

However, the Born to Run singer clearly didn't run fast enough to escape having to pay a small fine.

The legendary singer, whose career has spanned five decades, was arrested for drink-driving and reckless driving at the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast last November.

It was also reported that Springsteen's blood-alcohol content was 0.02 - just a quarter of New Jersey’s legal limit (0.08), a source familiar with the case told the Asbury Park Press at the time.

Although the singer had the DWI charge dropped, he was nonetheless fined $500 (€412.63) for consuming two shots of tequila in a national park, plus $40 (€33) in court fees.

When asked by Judge Anthony Mautone how long it would take him to pay this amount, Springsteen replied: 'I think I can pay that immediately, your honour.'

The incident led to a Jeep advert featuring the 71-year-old being pulled from both YouTube and the most recent Super Bowl.

However, the ad has since been reinstated.

In the United States, the criminal offense of DWI is usually called driving under the influence (DUI), but in some states, it is classified as 'driving while intoxicated'.

Other synonymous terms in different states include 'operating while impaired' (OWI), 'operating while ability impaired', and 'operating a vehicle under the influence' (OVI).

The news about Springsteen being cleared of his DWI charge comes just after the singer announced that he would be starting a podcast with former US President Barack Obama, which will be titled Renegades: Born in the USA.

Speaking on the news, Obama said in a trailer for the series: Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys, looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning, truth and community with the larger story of America.'

 'We still share a fundamental belief in the American idea. Not as an act of nostalgia; but as a compass for the hard work that lies before us.'

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