Arrest Of Bruce Springsteen On Suspicion Of Drunk Driving

Not the Boss! Just two days after his first commercial aired during the Super Bowl comes news that legendary musician Bruce Springsteen was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say it happened at a national park in his home state of New Jersey, known as Sandy Hook. 

Arrest charges include driving intoxicated, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in enclosed area

Bruce Springsteen Jeep commercial
Bruce Springsteen Jeep commercial | YouTube

The charges include driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in an enclosed area. This according to Brenda Ling, the National Park spokesperson. His court appearance will be in a few weeks but the actual incident happened in November 2020. According to TMZ the Boss was cooperative throughout the arrest. 

This arrest just came on the heels of his first-ever commercial viewed by millions during the Super Bowl. The Jeep commercial included the use of his personal 1980 Jeep CJ-5. And his cowboy hat. Though applauded by many there have also been many that disapproved of the patriotic slant of the commercial. This is believed to also be his first DWI arrest. 

Springsteen for years has hyped his healthy lifestyle, disapproving of drug or alcohol consumption. He has said he didn’t try alcohol until he was 22. He has been wary of it because of witnessing how it affecting his father. 

“He’s in good shape by not doing drugs”

Bruce Sprinsteen giving thumbs up on stage
Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band, Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons | Getty

In 2012 E Street bandmate Steve Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that Springteen’s on-stage stamina was because of his drug and alcohol stance. “He’s in good shape by not doing drugs,” Van Zandt said. “It’s something he doesn’t have to preach about. He’s a living example of what happens when you never do drugs your whole life.

“I mean, I’m sure he’s taken a drink or two a few times in his life, but he was never a drinker either. And he eats right and he’s in the gym. Well, that’s what happens. Van Zandt’s advice is, “Don’t do drugs. Don’t drink, eat right, go to the gym and you can rock & roll at 62, too.” Springsteen is now 71 according to NBC News. 

Will the Springsteen arrest change how people think of Jeep?

Bruce Springsteen in Jeep Super Bowl LV ad, "The Middle" by a CJ-5
Bruce Springsteen in Jeep Super Bowl LV ad, “The Middle” | Jeep

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Jeep getting Springsteen to do a commercial was seen as a huge score for the SUV maker. A 30-second spot of airtime during this year’s Super Bowl cost around $5.5 million. Factoring that amount Jeep’s 120-second commercial would have cost around $22 million. 

At this point, there is expected to be a statement from Springsteen but so far nothing has been released. Numerous entertainment sites have requested a comment from Springsteen’s reps. He was last seen publicly at President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month.

UPDATE: It was just announced that Jeep pulled the Springsteen commercial down from YouTube.