Sandy Hook, NJ – Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen was arrested on a drunk driving charge while visiting a recreation area in his home state late last year, but the information just became public Wednesday.
The 71-year-old rock legend’s arrest was first reported by TMZ on Wednesday.
“On November 14, 2020, Bruce Springsteen was arrested in Gateway National Recreation Area and received three citations; DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area,” a National Park Service public affairs officer confirmed in a statement to FOX News later that day.
Springsteen was “cooperative throughout the process,” the statement noted.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is slated to appear in court in New Jersey within the next several weeks, TMZ reported.
He has no known prior arrests for DWI, according to multiple news outlets.
A representative for Springsteen did not immediately reply to a request for comment, according to the New York Post.
Springsteen’s fans have often praised him for the healthy lifestyle he has promoted over the years, NBC News reported.
He noted in his 2016 autobiography, “Born to Run,” that consuming alcohol had negatively impacted his father and played into his decision not to try alcohol at all until he was 22 years old.
Springsteen said he has avoided drugs altogether.
“He’s in good shape by not doing drugs,” E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said during a Rolling Stone interview in 2012, according to NBC News. “It’s something he doesn’t have to preach about. He’s a living example of what happens when you never do drugs your whole life.”
“I mean, I’m sure he’s taken a drink or two a few times in his life, but he was never a drinker either,” Van Zandt said at the time. “And he eats right and he’s in the gym. Well, that’s what happens…Don’t do drugs. Don’t drink, eat right, go to the gym and you can rock & roll at 62, too.”
Jeep ran a Super Bowl ad featuring the aging rock star, but they deleted the ad from their YouTube channel after news of the arrest broke, according to the New York Post.