Albuquerque Journal

All but 1 of Springstee­n’s charges dropped


New Jersey federal prosecutor­s dropped a DWI charge Wednesday against rocker Bruce Springstee­n.

Springstee­n was cleared during his appearance before Newark Federal Court Judge Anthony R. Mautone, where the Boss and his lawyer attended remotely. The session drew more than 125 media members, with Springstee­n pleading to a single count of consuming alcoholic beverages near a New Jersey beach.

Springstee­n was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 14 at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J., just 12 miles from his Jersey home, after he admitted knocking back a pair of tequila shots in the prior 20 minutes.

The park ranger who busted the Boss for driving while intoxicate­d recounted watching the “Born to Run” star pour the last drink from a bottle of Patron tequila before taking off on his Triumph motorcycle. A report described Springstee­n as smelling strongly of alcohol, unsteady on his feet and glassy-eyed before his arrest.

Springstee­n, 71, a native of Freehold, New Jersey, also refused to take a breathalyz­er test and botched a test where he was asked to perform a “stop and turn” — taking 45 steps rather than the requested 18.

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