Bruce Springsteen arrested in New Jersey for allegedly drunk driving

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Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during the 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes Benefiting the Bob Woodruff Foundation at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2019 in New York City.

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Rocker Bruce Springsteen was arrested late last year in a New Jersey national park for drunk driving, the Home Office said on Wednesday.

News of the arrest came days after a Super Bowl commercial with “The Boss” was broadcast.

Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process” when he was arrested Nov. 14 at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, National Parks Service spokeswoman Brenda Ling said in a statement.

Springsteen was charged with drunk, reckless driving and drinking alcohol in an enclosed area.

Springsteen’s new album “Letter to You” debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart that month. With this placement, Springsteen became the first musician to have a new top five chart album in each of the last six decades.

The musician starred in his first Super Bowl commercial three days before the arrest surfaced. In the Jeep ad, Springsteen urged Americans to find the unit after a divisive year.

“There is hope on the road ahead,” said Springsteen in the two-minute commercial in which he drove a Jeep CJ-5 over country and city roads.

Springsteen and Jeep spokespersons did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on his arrest.

In his 2016 autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen said he avoided drugs and didn’t try alcohol until he was 22, partly because drinking influenced his father.

In the 500-page book, Springsteen revealed that he had a long history of depression, a surprise to many.

Springsteen has been praised by his fans and bandmates for his healthy lifestyle habits, like going to the gym and avoiding drugs and alcohol, that give him the stamina to give decades of concerts in his career.

“I mean, I’m sure he’s had a drink or two a couple of times in his life, but he’s never been a drinker either,” said Springsteen’s E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone.

Springsteen’s arrest was first reported by TMZ on Wednesday.

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