Bruce Springsteen Is Charged With D.W.I. on Sandy Hook

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Months before he appeared in his first Super Bowl commercial, driving a white Jeep in an ad that urged a divided country to find middle ground, Bruce Springsteen was charged with drunken driving in New Jersey.

A rock legend and favorite son of the state, Mr. Springsteen was arrested on Nov. 14 in Gateway National Recreation Area, a sprawling, 27,000-acre park that includes beaches, hiking trails and an abandoned military fort, according to a spokeswoman for the National Park Service.

Mr. Springsteen, 71, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area, the spokeswoman, Daphne Yun, said in an emailed statement.

“Springsteen was cooperative throughout the process,” she said.

Because the arrest occurred in a national park, federal prosecutors are handling the case. Mr. Springsteen’s first court appearance will be done by videoconference, likely toward the end of February, according to Matthew Reilly, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in New Jersey.

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