Famous ‘80s rocker Rick Springfield was arrested on Sunday night for driving under the influence, according to Hollywood Access. The artist known best for his hit single “Jessie’s Girl” was pulled over around 8 PM by a police officer, while in Malibu, California.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told Hollywood Access that Springfield “accelerated rapidly” in his car, a 1963 Corvette, while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway.
After he was pulled over, the officer could observe that he was under the influence of alcohol. “He exhibited signs of alcoholic beverage intoxication” the LASD spokesman said.
When a field sobriety test was administered, as required in these situations, it “indicated his driving was impaired”.
He was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held into police custody over night. While in custody the level of alcohol in his blood was measured and the results intensely confirmed the DUI suspicion. According to the LASD office, his blood alcohol level was 10.
The Grammy Award-winning pop icon spent almost 6 hours in jail. On Monday, around 2 AM, he was released, with the promise given that he will appear in court on July 5th.
Springfield, 61, was always an eccentric. In 1974, at the age of 15, he started a relationship with then 15-year-old Linda Blair. Trying to cope with a depression present from his years of adolescence, he lost the battle in 1981, when his father died and he seriously thought about suicide.
This extremely sad event, plus the trouble in his career caused him to “hit the wall.” We could say that he dealt with it in a healthy positive way after all, dedicating two songs to his father: “April 24, 1981” and “My Father’s Chair”. Just 3 years later, in 1984, he got married and has two children. But despite the quiet calm settled family life, he still couldn’t find his peace.
You can read more about his rough life fighting with depression and sex addiction in his biography entitled “Late, Late at Night” which was released in 2010. There, you will get to see a sensitive, vulnerable Rick Springfield, who is in constant search of the right track.
The book was voted a bestseller by the New York Times and the new version now available contains new personal photos and a new chapter written by the artist. “My publisher made me put in that last part about being a New York Times bestseller. . . I didn’t really want to. . . I thought it was too gauche, but she insisted” said a shy Springfield on his official Facebook page.