Bruce Springsteen was arrested at New Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area in November for driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area, Billboard can confirm.
A National Park Service spokesperson said in a statement that the “Born in the USA” singer “was cooperative throughout the process.” Per the NPS, Springsteen received three citations: DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in an enclosed area. Billboard has reached out to Springsteen for comment. New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press reports that Springsteen’s blood alcohol content was just .02 — a quarter of the state’s legal limit of .08 — when he was arrested in November; Billboard has independently verified this report.
TMZ broke the news Wednesday (Feb. 10) and reported that he has an upcoming court appearance in the next few weeks.
Springsteen’s Nov. 14-dated arrest came three weeks after he released his 20th studio album Letter to You, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. With the success of Letter to You, The Boss became the first act with new top five-charting albums in each of the last six decades (1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s and the ‘20s).
He recently appeared in a TV commercial for Jeep that aired during Super Bowl LV on Sunday (Feb. 7). The two-minute clip, titled “The Middle,” features the artist narrating and appearing in the spot, in which he urges the need to find unity and hope in America.
Springsteen’s longtime manager, Jon Landau, told Billboard about their camp’s “spontaneous decision” to finally agree to a commercial because they knew “Bruce could turn this into something special.”
This story has been updated with the Asbury Park Press report.