Bruce Springsteen's blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit but he was found on federal land. The hearing will be at the end of February.
Bruce Springsteen, 71, has long been praised for his healthy lifestyle but a recent charge against him shows that he doesn't shy away from indulging from time to time. He was arrested for DWI and reckless driving in his home state, it was revealed on February 10. The arrest took place in November 2020 but it was revealed after he appeared in a Superbowl Jeep commercial. Since the charge came to light, the Jeep commercial is no longer on its YouTube page, as per BBC.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” said a Jeep spokesperson in a statement, according to New York Post. “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established. Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned."
The singer was arrested on November 14 at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, a spokesperson for the National Park Service said. He was also charged with consuming alcohol in a closed area, the spokesperson said. "Springsteen was cooperative throughout the process," the spokesperson added. The rockstar lives in Colts Neck, about 12 miles from the site of the arrest.
The rockstar's blood-alcohol content was 0.02 — below New Jersey’s legal limit, a source told the Asbury Park Press. However, since he was found on federal land, the 71-year-old will face federal enclave-court Judge Anthony Mautone in Newark. The hearing is in the coming weeks and he has never been busted for a DWI before.
So far, the rockstar has lived a healthy and fit lifestyle. In his 2016 autobiography Born to Run, the singer-songwriter said he avoided drugs and didn’t try alcohol until he was 22, mostly because he didn't like how it affected his father.
"The biggest thing is diet, diet, diet," Springsteen said. "I don't eat too much, and I don't eat bad food, except for every once in a while when I want to have some fun for myself. So I think anybody that's trying to get in shape, exercise is always important of course, but diet is 90 percent of the game," he told singer Tim McGraw on McGraw's new Beyond The Influence Radio on Apple Music.
While he used to be bulked up in the 1980s, he doesn't do that anymore. "I lift a little weight to stay toned. I may get on the treadmill. I walk. I don't run anymore," said the fit rockstar.
His strict regimen seems to be working as he looks younger than his age. However, he wasn't always so dedicated to living healthy. An interview with ex-girlfriend Diane Lozito in Pete Ames Carlin's 2012 biography Bruce revealed a different picture.
"(Springsteen) had a hard time sleeping at night, so I'd sit up watching TV with him while he wolfed down all this junk food: sodas, cakes, all this horrible stuff," Lozito said.