New details about the arrest of Bruce Springsteen for DUI have surfaced from the police report.
Despite an initial spokesperson for the New Jersey park stating Springsteen was cooperative, that appears not to be the case. The police report states that Springsteen refused to take a breathalyzer despite smelling of alcohol. It also says he poured out his last shot of Patron from a bottle before speaking dismissively to the park ranger.
Springsteen was arrested on November 14th at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey. A park officer spotted ‘The Boss’ taking a few shots with his fans before firing up his motorcycle.
“The incident escalated because once the officer approached Bruce on his motorcycle, he refused to take a breathalyzer test,” a source close to Springsteen said. “The cop got pissed off, took Bruce in, and made him do bloodwork.” According to the police report, Springsteen admitted he had two shots of tequila before trying to leave the federal park on his motorcycle.
The responding officer, R. L. Hayes, wrote that he responded when he saw Springsteen take a shot and then get on his bike and start the engine. “The Patron bottle that the shot was poured out of was completely empty (750mL),” the police report reads. “I asked Springsteen if he was leaving, and he confirmed that he was going to drive out of the park.”
Hayes says he advised Springsteen that drinking in the park was prohibited. He says the singer “smelt strongly of alcohol coming off his person and had glassy eyes – and refused to take a breathalyzer despite signs of intoxication.” Hayes says Springsteen told him he had two shots of tequila in the last 20 minutes, apparently brushing off the incident as inconsequential.
According to the ranger, he observed four out of six clues on the ‘horizontal gaze nystagmus’ test. The police report says Springsteen was “visibly swaying back and forth while I observed his eyes. I observed five out of eight clues on the walk and turn test,” Hayes writes in the report.
“Springsteen took 45 total steps during the walk and turn instead of the instructed 19. [He] refused to provide a sample on the preliminary breath test.” Hayes brought Springsteen in for bloodwork instead, where he returned a 0.02 blood alcohol level. That is well below New Jersey’s legal limit of .08 while driving, though substantial time delays often drop the results of a blood test (something Springsteen seems to have known).
Jeep’s Super Bowl ad featuring the legendary singer is now dead in the water. It’s the first time Springsteen has ever lent his visage as a promotional product, and it might be the last. In addressing the news, Jeep said, “drinking and driving can never be condoned.”