Police report states officer saw Springsteen take a shot of tequila before getting on motorcycle
More details are emerging about New Jersey music icon Bruce Springsteen’s DUI arrest last November.
The incident took place on Nov. 14 shortly after 4 p.m. at Gateway National Recreation Area on Sandy Hook.
News 12 New Jersey was able to obtain the statement of probable cause where the arresting officer describes what he saw.
The officer wrote, “While on foot patrol I observed a male (Bruce F. Springsteen) consume a shot of Petron Tequila and then get on his motorcycle and start the engine.” The report goes on to indicate that the 750 ml bottle the shot was poured out of was completely empty.
The officer wrote that Springsteen said that he planned to drive out of the park and that the 71-year-old claimed to have had two shots of tequila in the last 20 minutes. The officer then describes more of what he observed, stating, “Springsteen smelt strongly of alcohol coming off his person and had glassy eyes.”
The officer wrote that field sobriety tests were administered, reporting “Springsteen was visibly swaying back and forth while I observed his eyes.” During the walk and turn test, the officer wrote, “Springsteen took 45 steps during the walk and turn instead of the instructed 18.”
Springsteen was the star of a Super Bowl ad for Jeep last Sunday. The company pulled the commercial Wednesday as the news broke of the DUI charge.
Springsteen received citations for driving while under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. He will appear in federal court because the incident occurred at a National Park Service site.
A spokesperson for Springsteen did not return requests for comment.