Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty Wednesday to drinking shots of tequila at Sandy Hook federal park last year, but had two other charges of drunken and reckless driving charges dropped because his blood alcohol content was found to be well below the legal limit.
Prosecutors said they could not meet the legal burden for drunken driving, revealing the 71-year-old’s blood alcohol content was .02, well below the .08 threshold.
Wearing a dark blazer with button-down dress shirt under a crew neck sweater, Springsteen sat next to his lawyer, Mitchell Ansell, during the virtual appearance before Magistrate Judge Anthony Mautone.
He answered a few brief questions from his lawyer and admitted he drank alcohol on Nov. 14, 2020 within a “closed area” of Sandy Hook park where drinking was recently prohibited.
“I had two small shots of tequila,” Springsteen said.
During the plea, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Baker said Springsteen did not take the preliminary breath test during field sobriety tests, but did give a sample at the park ranger station. The initial test is not required by law, Baker said, and Mautone added it is not admissible in court either.
“The government does not believe it can sustain its burden of proof. We respectfully move the court to dismiss the two (remaining) charges.”
After the guilty plea, Mautone sentenced Springsteen to pay a fine of $540.
“I am going to impose nothing but a fine,” Mautone said, noting Springsteen’s clean driving history dating back to 1973. “Rarely would you see a driver’s abstract so devoid of any entries. I’m convinced a fine is the appropriate sentence in this case.”
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