As Broadway (finally!) came back to life, Bruce Springsteen opened up about his DWI arrest.
After a 471-day shutdown, the Great White Way came re-opened on June 26 with The Boss kicking off his 30-performance limited engagement run. While Bruce sang his hits and retold many stories, he also touched on his November 2020 DWI arrest.
"I was handcuffed and thrown in jail," he told the crowd, according to the New York Post. "That took some doin' … I didn't wake up one morning, get on my motorcycle and say, 'I'll go to jail!"
The "Born in the U.S.A" singer was arrested for DWI and reckless driving in New Jersey on Nov. 14, 2020, at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. According to reports, an officer watched the music icon take a shot of Patron Tequila offered by fans and start his motorcycle.
A police report indicated that Bruce smelled strongly of alcohol and his eyes were glassy. However, Bruce took a field sobriety test and he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.02, far below the threshold in New Jersey is 0.08. In February 2021, he eventually pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of consuming alcohol in a closed area, as booze is prohibited on the federal land. The Boss's most serious charges — DWI and reckless driving — were dropped.
While addressing the legal jargon of the incident, Bruce said on Saturday night, "My case was, 'The United States vs. Bruce Springsteen.' That's always comforting to hear — the entire nation is against you!"
Bruce is back.. and so are the "Glory Days" of Broadway.