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Rick Springfield

Charged with DUI

7/1/2011 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

'80s rocker Rick Springfield has been charged with two counts of DUI stemming from his Malibu arrest back in May ... but he will NOT be charged for threatening to "f**king kill" the arresting deputy.


TMZ broke the story ... the "Jessie’s Girl" singer blew a .10 after the L.A. County Sheriffs pulled him over on May 1.

Sources tell us ... Springfield was extremely angry after the deputy said his $200,000, 1963 Corvette Stingray would be towed away. Law enforcement sources tell us, Springfield yelled to the deputy, "If you tow my car I will f**king kill you and your family."

An L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson explained officials did not take the threat seriously ... saying, "It is rare when a drunk doesn’t say something outlandish to police when they’re arrested."

If convicted on both misdemeanor charges, Springfield faces a maximum of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.



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He should have gone to Lohan's lawyer, he would have walked away.

1211 days ago

who dat    

Lets cut to the chase. The Chief of Police will apologize, dedicate a day "Rick Springfield Day", give Rick an engraved plaque. Then kiss his azz and get an autograph.

If this had been you: prepare for 15 days in jail. Have your car towed and impounded with a near 1,000 fee. Not to mention that little old threat to the police officer. Which they certainly wouldnt have dismissed against YOU.

1211 days ago


Maybe he wishes he had Jessie's Girl bc she's a lawyer specializing in DUIs.

1211 days ago


1968 Rick Springfield: "come on people. . . try to love one another right now, right now, right now."
2011 Rick Springfield: I'm going to f-ing kill the cop!"
Hey Rick, why don;t you just "give piece a chance?"
Ha-ha, old burnt-out drunk hippies. So funny!

1211 days ago

Evan Benz    

So this is where my parent hang out when I go to school.

1211 days ago


Perhaps his 'depraved' version of himself he played on Cali*********** was closer to the real him. I always thought he played that a little too realistically. Same with Rob Lowe and David Duchovny. That show has more reality on it than most 'reality' shows.

1211 days ago


Also, can we be honest here for a minute. I don't think this was celebrity justice. You can only call it celebrity justice if the person involved is actually still a celebrity.

1211 days ago

Hey Now    

As a side note, he's still a cutie, even in a mug shot!

1211 days ago

right straight    

Like the pass for uttering threats,if a regular citizen(which he's close to being)said that it would be Rodney King time.

1211 days ago

James R. - Los Angeles    

He CAN get six months in jail for violating his three year probation from his first DUI, but, nah...he's a 'celebrity.

No jail time.

1211 days ago


It was wrong of course but I would also be absolutely pissed off if they said my classic car (that a car enthusiast can love like a person almost) is to be towed away. I bet the cop got a hard on while exercising his authority. F*ck I hate cops. Some are good and nice but most are just losers with a bunch of issues, enjoying being in power and having authority. This cop couldve easily told Rick to call someone to get the car for him. When I got pulled over and I got taken away for a test, the cop was a normal guy and let the car stay where it was so I could pick it up right after, despite it was completely wrongly stopped in the middle of a busy street and was supposed to be towed.

1211 days ago


Does he look Black to you, TMZ???

1211 days ago


This teary eyed looser that sings about Jesse's Girl is a wimp. He has never, and will never be more than a one hit wondering that performed a extremely forgettble pop song. Right up their with Yummu,Yummy,Yummy their is love in my tummy. Can't wait to see this looser in an orange jump suit

1211 days ago


An L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson explained officials did not take the threat seriously ... saying, "It is rare when a drunk doesn’t say something outlandish to police when they’re arrested." How fake can you get, if his name was Martinez or Ghetto name, those L.A. cops would beat the crap out of them and write it off as "resisting arrest". Just another example of Celebrity Justice, California style. The best punishment would be prohibited Rick Spirngfield from dying his hair. That would really get his attention or drive him to drinking [more]

1211 days ago


If he didn't want his $200K car towed, he shouldn't have driven drunk. Thinking before you act is always a good idea. Serves you right, Drunky Drunkerson!

1211 days ago
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