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Rick Springfield

Busted for DUI

5/2/2011 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

'80s rocker Rick Springfield -- the guy who sang "Jessie's Girl" -- was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Los Angeles last night ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement, the 61-year-old singer was pulled over by the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. around 8:00 PM for a traffic violation. When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed the smell of booze and asked Springfield to perform several field sobriety tests. 

We're told Springfield performed poorly on the sobriety tests -- and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Law enforcement sources tell us Rick's blood alcohol content was measured at .10 and .08. The legal limit in California is .08.

Springfield was taken to a nearby jail -- where he was booked and released on his own recognizance.



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You people are SOOOOO ignorant. You comment about things you know nothing about. Rick's book was a made it to the NY Times Best Seller List soon after being released. He is not washed up. In fact he just appeared on tonight's Hawaii Five-O episode. He has a great career and tours all over the country and Europe/Asia about 10 months out of the year. He has not had botox, face lifts or wears eyeliner! In his book he wrote about a procedure he had in his late 20's/early 30's and swore off of surgery since then! The man is 61 years old and is better shape than any of you...for sure. If you knew anything about him you would know that! He never said he was sober for 10 years either. He is a wine drinker...drinks during his concerts on occasion. I'm sure none of you ever drink and drive...PLEASE! Oh and by the way idiots...every November hundreds and hundreds of his fans go on a concert cruise with him for 5 days. Get a life...and don't post stupid comments when you know nothing about the topic! Schmucks!

1248 days ago


Rick was pulled over for a traffic violation.He tested at .10 legal in L.A is .08 which is only 2 drinks. I do not in anyway condone drinking and driving of any level. It would be nice if before everyone judges Rick or anyone else for that matter that they have the real facts. As for Rick if TMZ or anyone in the entertainment industry reported on all the free benefits he has performed for,Charity s he has helped,lives he has saved,lives he has touched and the content fans he has continued to play for and give his life for, all the wonderful music he has created & allow us too enjoy.This is only the second time in hie entire life he has ever been in trouble with the law but yet,with everything he has given to the world, all the great and wonderful things he has shared with all of us they never mention. FYI, Hawaii five-o wasn't a comeback show for Rick. If you reported things property you would know about his book,his annual cruise,book signing,concerts,benefits,Transcripts he just finished writing,all the promotions around the world , his tours in Japan as well as around the year touring here in the states. His albums hes had out and the new one coming out this summer. Devoted Rick Fan

1248 days ago


These people that think he has had botox or plastic surgery are so naive. If you look close enough you see wrinkles so where in your right mind do you see the no wrinkles or smoothness of skin on his face??? Now if you look at Courtney Cox then there is Botox going on. AND if you read his book as I have it's not about sobriety it's about his bout with Depression his whole life and his sex addiction!!!! So don't talk SMACK about people if you don't know the facts!!!!

1248 days ago


Totally agree Sugarbritches23!!!!!!!

1248 days ago


You don't have to be an alcoholic to get a DUI. It was a poor choice. Doesn't mean he needs rehab! Seriously!!!!

1247 days ago

brock lesnar    

will he perform Jessie's Girl in prison? when he sings it he will look or and nod at Jessie. "Jessie is a friend, yeah
I know he's been a good friend of mine
But lately something's changed that ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a man and I want to make him mine"

1247 days ago


Wow. He needs to read this article now.

1247 days ago

kathy raper    

So Rick is human like the rest of us. Does that give anyone the right to throw the first stone? He is an amazing actor and an incredible singer/songwriter and one of the finest guitar players around. Just saw him in March at Nashville's Wild Horse Saloon and his show was just as great as the first time I saw him in 1982. He will always be my hero and I stand firmly in support of him. Still love you Rick after all these years!

1246 days ago

RLS fan    

Just my words "Sugerbritches23" :-)

1246 days ago


Thank you Sugarbritches23 for your words! Should be mandatory that people read his book before they comment on this Beautiful man.I love and support him now and always. Sick of comments calling him a one hit wonder and other negative words.His true fans know.

1241 days ago


Too much plastic surgery.

517 days ago

Roman Moroni    

What a turd! Last time which was not too long ago @ all - he cried to tears on TV the nex day this guy is corny

517 days ago
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