Bruce Springsteen was busted for DWI and reckless driving in his home state of New Jersey late last year, authorities have now revealed.
Officials with the National Park Service (NPS) confirmed to DailyMail.com that the Thunder Road singer, 71, was arrested at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, on November 14, 2020.
Springsteen was slapped with three citations by police: driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area.
No further details in the incident have yet been released, but the rock legend was said to be ‘cooperative throughout the process’, according to NPS spokesperson Brenda Ling.
News of his arrest comes just days after 96.4 million viewers saw him star in ad for Jeep during Sunday’s Super Bowl.
It’s unclear whether Jeep were aware of Springsteen’s legal woes at the time of production. A request for comment on the matter has been left with the car manufacturer’s parent company, Stellantis.
Bruce Springsteen is facing legal trouble after he was busted for a DWI and reckless driving back in his home state of New Jersey late last year, it has now been revealed
The arrest took place at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey (seen above)
According to TMZ, this is Springsteen’s first known arrest for DWI. It’s not immediately clear why the arrest took almost three months to come to light.
A DWI in a national park is a misdemeanor offense, carrying a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a fines up to $5,000. Probation can also be up to five years, according to Freeburg Law.
The singer is due to appear in court in the coming weeks, but a specific date has not been revealed.
The 71-year-old’s starring role in Jeep’s Super Bowl ad, titled ‘The Middle’, marked another first for Springsteen this week: his first-ever product endorsement.
The two-minute ad featured Springsteen driving through Lebanon, Kansas – near the geographic center of the country – in a 1980 Jeep CJ-5 and preaching calls for unity.
‘It’s no secret the middle has been a hard place to get to lately, between red and blue, servant and citizen, freedom and fear,’ Springsteen intones, adding ‘we need the middle.’
‘Fear has never been the best of who we are,’ the Boss continues. ‘We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground. So we can get there. We can make it to the mountaintop, through the desert . . . and we will cross this divide.’
The ad then ends with a dedication: ‘To the ReUnited States of America.’
According to TMZ, this is Springsteen’s first known arrest for DWI. He is due to appear in court in the coming weeks
Springsteen has famously shunned appearances in commercials over the course of his decades-long career.
However, his longtime manager, Jon Landau, revealed the decision for him to take part in Jeep’s ad was entirely ‘spontaneous’ and came after years of the company courting him.
Although his first ad, Landau told Rolling Stone the hit-maker had a heavy hand in the commercial’s artist direction, explaining its script was ‘substantially revised by Springsteen’, adding that he also participated in the edit of the footage.
Landau said Springsteen ‘controlled every second of what you see and hear, and that’s why it feels so personal.’
Earlier this month, Springsteen also performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration with a rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ at the Lincoln Memorial.
Springsteen opened the evening’s Celebrating America event, which was hosted by Tom Hanks.
He lives in New Jersey – close to where he grew up – with his wife, Patti Scialfa, who he married in 1991.
Springsteen’s reps have not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment on his arrest.