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Springsteen drunken driving charge dropped as he pleads guilty to misdemeanor

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Bruce Springsteen is reportedly pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of consuming alcohol in a prohibited area, following his arrest in New Jersey.

The rock icon entered the guilty plea before a federal judge on Wednesday. Two other charges against 71-year-old Springsteen — driving while intoxicated and reckless driving — were dismissed, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The Nov. 14 arrest of one of the Garden State's most famous residents took place in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J. A source had told the local paper that Springsteen's blood-alcohol content was just 0.02, a quarter of New Jersey's legal limit.

In the closed court proceedings on Wednesday, Springsteen reportedly told the judge that he consumed "two small shots of tequila." The judge imposed a $540 fine on the performer.

Shortly after news of Springsteen's arrest earlier this month, Jeep pulled a high-profile Super Bowl commercial where the "Born in the U.S.A." singer was seen behind the wheel as he called for national unity.

Earlier this week, Spotify debuted an eight-episode podcast series, called "Renegades," featuring Springsteen and former President Obama discussing a wide range of issues.

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