On Tuesday, rocker Rick Springfield’s attorney, Philip Cohen, entered a not guilty plea to the charge of DUI, Associated Press announces.
The spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney, Sandi Gibbons confirms that the attorney of the rock musician had filed the not guilty plea during a hearing that took place on Tuesday in Malibu. Springfield did not attend.
The DUI case goes back to the beginning of May. The famous 80’s rocker was arrested on May 1st for driving under the influence. He was taken into police custody around 8 P.M. The spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that Springfield “accelerated rapidly” while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. He was driving a Corvette from 1963. The LASD spokesman added at the time that Springfield “exhibited signs of alcoholic beverage intoxication” when he was stopped by the officers. The tests administered according to the requirements in the situations, it was confirmed that he had been drinking as the test “indicated that his driving was impaired”. At the police station, where he was taken under suspicions of DUI, the tests revealed that the level of alcohol in his blood was 10.
Rick Springfield was held into the police custody until the early hours of the morning. The pop rock icon, who is best known for his song “Jessie Girl”, was released at 2 A.M., with the promise that he will show up in court on July 5.
The Grammy Award-winning singer is coping with depression and its effects since the early years of adolescence. He hit a critical point in 1981 when he tried to take his own life, after the death of his father. He wrote two songs in order to honor his father: “April 24, 1981” and “My Father’s Chair. He tried to settle down in 1984, by getting married and starting a family, but he never got over fighting his demons.
His biography, “Late, Late at Night” was released in 2010 and it unveils more on his life and his struggle with addictions.