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Bruce Springsteen faces drunken driving charge

Springsteen was arrested Nov. 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast. On Wednesday, Jeep removed his Super Bowl commercial from its YouTube channel in light of the DUI charge.

Bruce Springsteen arrives at the world premiere of HBO Documentary Films’ “Very Ralph” in New York in 2019.
Bruce Springsteen arrives at the world premiere of HBO Documentary Films’ “Very Ralph” in New York in 2019.
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HIGHLANDS, N.J. — Bruce Springsteen is facing a drunken driving charge in New Jersey.

Springsteen was arrested Nov. 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast, a spokesperson for the National Park Service confirmed Wednesday.

The park is on a narrow, beach-ringed peninsula, with views across a bay to New York City. It is about 15 miles north of Asbury Park, where Springsteen got his start as a musician and bandleader and which was later made famous with his debut album, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”

Springsteen received citations for driving while under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. The spokesperson said Springsteen was cooperative.

A message was left seeking comment Springsteen’s publicist.

Late Wednesday, Variety.com reported that Jeep has taken down his Super Bowl ad from their YouTube page in light of the DUI charge. In the spot, titled “The Middle,” Springsteen called for national unity and hope amid the partisan strife and pain caused by the pandemic.

The arrest was first reported by TMZ.com.

In 2019, Springsteen released “Western Stars,” a concert film co-directed and starring the musician. The film is considered part of a trilogy, with his “Born to Run” memoir and “Springsteen on Broadway.” All three works look inward, into the alchemy of how a kid from Freehold, New Jersey, became a rock superstar, best-selling author and a star of a movie.