Bruce Springsteen Refused to Cooperate With Police During DUI Arrest in New Jersey, New Information Reveals

Bruce Springsteen DUI arrest
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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.”

13 Responses

  1. DUI Dave

    Refusing a breath test is your right. You don’t have to take one, and can instead be taken in for a blood test. This is choice, and not a refusal to cooperate.

  2. BAC

    I wonder how many times over the years Bruce Springsteen was busted for DUI, only to be let off because of Bruce’s stature, and because the cop didn’t have a bodycam or the cop car wasn’t outfitted with a camera.

    This is how cops let their fellow officers and famous people get away from drunk driving and other crimes in the past.

  3. Vail, CO

    What arrogance and recklessness. Bruce blatantly told the cop he was going to ride off on his bike despite pounding Patron shots.

  4. Lombardo

    I understand that brands are trying to go middle of the road to stop splitting consumers, you want people on the right, left, and in-between buying your Jeeps. But Jeep made a horrible decision here picking Bruce Springsteen, who is always grandstanding with extreme leftist views, so you might hate me for saying that but many people on the right (or just not the left) agree with that and trust me will never buy a Jeep now. Now that he’s busted on DWI you lost even more people (notice how fans are defending Morgan Wallen but not Bruce Springsteen, there’s a reason for that).

    • Dave Levi

      Well, most of us call them mainstream American views…but go ahead, state your agenda.

  5. Anonymous

    Police should’ve killed that scum. Hope they’ll have another chance.

      • Lombardo

        This proves what I’m saying. Bruce is basically extreme left (and 100% democrat and anti Trump). That’s okay and he can express whatever opinions he wants, but not everyone agrees with him. In fact as you can see here people really hate this guy. So if you are Jeep maybe you should think about that, because you are trying to sell Jeeps not a political ideology. They’re assholes you say? OK, if you are Jeep you want to sell to everyone — left, right, asshole, nice guy, whatever. Now you’ve just created a group that will never buy a Jeep ever and trust me, that’s bad especially since Jeep’s quality sucks (it’s all a rugged image thing for that car). Now you have people who don’t want to associate with that image. Again, fire the guy at Jeep who did this.

    • Anonymous

      My, my…such a spiteful thought came out of your brain and landed with a thud. Where were you on 1/6???

  6. Rick

    ???? Bruce Springsteen can ran a car company out of business. Dumb-ass reasoning that makes no sense. You conservatives, right-wing, or whatever are some stupid people who live in a false mental reality. Ignorant people. Get off the web, you’re not smart enough to realize no one cares about your pathetic opinions. Shut up.