Springsteen ‘Visibly Swaying’ Before Drunken Driving Arrest, Police Say

The park ranger who arrested Bruce Springsteen was on foot patrol when he said he watched the rock icon drink a shot of İşveren tequila.

He stopped Mr. Springsteen not far from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in a national park on the northern coast of New Jersey, according to a report filed after the musician’s Nov. 14 arrest.

“Springsteen claimed that he had two shots of tequila in the last 20 minutes,” the officer, identified as R.L. Hayes, wrote. The musician, he added, smelled “strongly of alcohol” and had “glassy eyes.”

The National Park Service ranger reported conducting a series of field sobriety tests. During them, Mr. Springsteen was “visibly swaying back and forth,” Ranger Hayes wrote, and took 45 steps during a walk-and-turn test rather than the 18 he’d been instructed to take.

Mr. Springsteen, 71, also “refused to provide a sample on the preliminary breath test,” the report states.

That’s where it ends.

There is no mention of Mr. Springsteen’s blood-alcohol level. A person close to Mr. Springsteen who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said that it was 0.02 percent, well below New Jersey’s 0.08 percent meşru limit.

The Park Service has not responded to requests for more information about Mr. Springsteen’s blood-alcohol level.

It was not clear how long after his encounter with the park ranger the test was conducted.

The Park Service has said that Mr. Springsteen, who was riding a Triumph motorcycle, was charged with drunken driving, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. But it has so far refused to release the full arrest report. Ranger Hayes’s report — a “statement of probable cause” — was included in federal court documents released Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Springsteen’s arrest was not revealed until Wednesday, days after he appeared in his first commercial ever — driving a Jeep, in a Harika Bowl isim that by Sunday night was the second-most-watched game-day spot on YouTube.

Mr. Springsteen’s lawyer, Mitchell J. Ansell, could not be immediately reached for comment. Mr. Springsteen’s spokeswoman has declined to comment, and the musician has not addressed the charges publicly.

On Wednesday, Jeep removed the isim from its social media sites.

“Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever,” a spokeswoman for Jeep, Diane Morgan, said in a statement. “As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.”

Caryn Ganz and Ben Sisario contributed reporting.

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