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Bruce Springsteen faces drunken driving charge in New Jersey after November incident

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New Jersey music icon Bruce Springsteen is facing drunken driving charges. 

Springsteen was arrested Nov. 14 at Gateway National Recreation Area, according to the National Park Service. Springsteen was cited for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area, according to a NPS statement obtained by Asbury Park Press, part of the USA TODAY Network.

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, New Jersey.

The Boss will have a court appearance through Federal Court in Newark as the Gateway National Recreation Area is federal land.

Springsteen, a Freehold native who lives in Colts Neck, was cooperative throughout the arrest, according to the NPS. 

Bruce Springsteen by Danny Clinch

On Sunday, Springsteen appeared in a Super Bowl ad from automaker Jeep. In the two-minute ad, Springsteen advocates for finding the middle and trusting our nation’s guiding principles. 

“All are more than welcome to come meet here in the middle,” Springsteen says. “It’s no secret the middle has been a hard place to get to lately, between red and blue, between servant and citizen, between our freedom and our fear.”

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Springsteen has used the backdrop of the park on Sandy Hook in several of his projects. He shot the short film “Hunter of Invisible Game” at Fort Hancock there, and in 1987 the “Brilliant Disguise” video from “Tunnel of Love” was filmed in the kitchen of an abandoned officer’s house on the grounds.

Annie Leibovitz shot the “Tunnel of Love” album cover there, too.

Springsteen has no prior DWIs or arrests in New Jersey, according to public records. Attempts to reach Springsteen’s representative were unsuccessful.

Reporter Ken Serrano contributed to this story. Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; Contributing: AP


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