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Bruce Springsteen charged with drink driving, but is all as it seems?

Official reports have revealed that Bruce Springsteen was arrested in New Jersey three months ago and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

‘The Boss’ was also cited for consuming alcohol in a closed area of a national park on the same day, 14th November 2020.

The announcement of the charges comes only a few days after he appeared for the very first time in a commercial, starring in Jeep’s Super Bowl advert following over a decade worth of persistence on the part of the motor companies marketing team. Jeep has since removed the advert from their YouTube channel.

A statement from the company declared: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate. But it’s also right that we pause our big game commercial until the actual facts can be established. Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.”

The arrests were made only a few weeks after the release of his latest record ‘Letter to You’.

It would appear from the reports that Springsteen, 71, was in his home state of New Jersey at the time in The Gateway National Recreation Area. A National Park Service spokeswoman said the songwriter was, “cooperative throughout the process”.

He is due to appear in court “in the next few weeks”, as reported by TMZ.

Since the announcements, however, there have been further reports circulating online which speculate on the details surrounding the arrest. The New York Post has shared details of apparent witnesses which state that Springsteen was riding his motorbike in the area when he encountered a group of fans, one fan offered him a shot of Tequila which he took and was immediately pulled by police who were present at the scene.

The New York Post stating that Springsteen’s blood-alcohol level was only 0.02, a quarter of the legal limit, yet this report remains uncorroborated.