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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.

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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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dani    

This is his second DUI. That book is just publicity to revive his career and promote his horrible cruise. He didnt quit drinking and probably wont. And if you love that car so much and dont want it towed, dont drive drunk. You dont care about the other people on the road while your driving drunk, you really dont care about that car or you wouldnt of driven it drunk...What do you care about?

1207 days ago
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devilsfan42    

I have been a fan of Rick's music for 30 years but somehow never saw him live - soooo, I finally am going to see him in September - my luck, he WILL end up w/6 months and have to cancel - UGHHHHH!

1207 days ago
33.

Just Me    

This is his first DUI. I don't know where everyone is getting the idea that it's his second. Also, his BAL was .10, which means he had 2-3 drinks, not exactly falling-down drunk. There are some drinks where you will be considered legally drunk after just 1. So if anyone has every had 1 margarita or 1 cosmo, etc., and then driven, you were legally drunk when you drove home. How come TMZ doesn't report all the charity work that Rick does?

1207 days ago
34.

dani    

Even if the media is reporting wrong that it is only 1 dui, it is still a dui. he was driving drunk. Would everyone still defend him and say it was only 2-3 drinks if he killed someone? He has an alcohol problem.

1207 days ago
35.

Pete Beau    

who?

1207 days ago
36.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Yet another Hollywood has been deadbeat. I saw him on Megan Kelly's show talking about 'how sober he got in the 90's" and all this other bs cooked up to sell books to the pathetic chickies from the 80's who had crush's and still do on this guy.

Another human 'fantasy' cooked up in Hollywood. These people in normal circles would be rejected as 'burnouts and druggies' if not for their 'fame'.

It's what's helped collapse this society, everyone seeking overnight celebrity at all costs. Especially the ghetto ites.

1207 days ago
37.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

I mean, look at that filthy greasy hair and unkempt mileage on that guy's face! Only drug addicts look so weathered so young. It's pathetic women worship this guy. :( what a hobo.

1207 days ago
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PRO US    

fran 7 hours ago

its ok to tell the officer he "would kill him and his family" but Mel Gibson almost lost everything because he allegedly said the word "Jew"...hmmm I guess the Hollywood bullies, are ok as long as the drunk doesnt say anything about Jews...what a mixed up town
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Nostradamus 7 hours ago

^fran is exactly right.
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fran has a "hard-on" for the Jews. fran complains about the Jews every week on TMZ even on stories that have nothing to do with any Jews like this one. fran is a little obsessive compulsive with his/her Jew-bashing. fran, get some help, take your meds, you're a total tired joke with your constant rants against Jews.

1207 days ago
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PRO US    

Just Me 4 hours ago

This is his first DUI. I don't know where everyone is getting the idea that it's his second. Also, his BAL was .10, which means he had 2-3 drinks, not exactly falling-down drunk. There are some drinks where you will be considered legally drunk after just 1. So if anyone has every had 1 margarita or 1 cosmo, etc., and then driven, you were legally drunk when you drove home. How come TMZ doesn't report all the charity work that Rick does?
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@Just Me:

I wonder what you're drinking or smoking. You can't get over .10 BAC on 2-3 alcoholic drinks in a bar if you're a 6 foot 1 dude like Rick Springfield who must weigh at least 180 pounds. He'd have to have 4 hard liquor drinks like "gin and tonic" or 5 12-ounce beers and jump in the car right away to register .10 BAC.

How much charity work does a guy have to do to balance out driving drunk and killing some innocent pedestrian or driver because of it? Doing charity work doesn't give you a free pass to drive drunk and potentially kill innocent people.

Rick Springfield should go to jail for a few years for what he did. He'll probably do some charity work, sign some autographs, do some rehab or therapy sessions or alcohol education course, and then get this incident stricken from the record. It'll be as though it never happened, legally-speaking. That's because of the way VIP's are treated by the police, prosecutors and judges in California.

1207 days ago
40.

Mat    

He played along with the charade.

1207 days ago
41.

Greg    

Cmon Rick if you are going to drink and drive at least leave the vette at home. If something would of happened to that 2nd gen it would have really pissed me off

1206 days ago
42.

May    

This was Rick's first DUI. The cops have it in for him because he drives a loud car. He is an idiot for going from a book signing, to dinner where he had wine, then stepping on the gas to hard in front of the cops. He was pulled over for how loud the car was, not because he was driving erratically. The cops allowed a friend to drive the car home. It was not towed.
He blew AT the limit, not above. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

1206 days ago
43.

Everyones~A~Star    

Throw the book at him. He could have killed somebody. There is no shortage of great singers in the world so his classic tunes are no reason to let this abusive common criminal off. He's old enough to understand its illegal and wrong. If he had any scruples he would plead guilty to save the tax payers court expenses....bet he drains the taxed legal system trying to fight punishment for his reckless behaviour like a spoiled child. Drunk driving douchebags deserve no pity.

1206 days ago
44.

Loving Monterey    

Mat21 hours ago

He played along with the charade.
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That made me giggle.

1206 days ago
45.

pirateprincess    

Rick Springfield was hot then and is still hot!!

1205 days ago
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