Rick Springfield pleads no contest to reckless driving
Rick Springfield, the singer best known for his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl," has pleaded no contest to reckless driving, after his DUI arrest was revised to the misdemeanor charge.
Springfield's attorney Philip Cohen entered the plea on Thursday, August 9, for the incident which occurred in Malibu, California. The revised charge does not include allegations of alcohol impairment.
The District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison told the Associated Press that Springfield will be on informal probation for three years and is required to attend a three-month alcohol education program.
In May, authorities arrested the 61-year-old after pulling him over a Los Angeles coastal highway, where he was driving a 1963 Corvette. Officers gave him a field sobriety test and said his blood alcohol level was .10. The legal limit is .08. The singer was released on $5,000 bail hours later.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department then charged Springfield with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while having a .08 percent or higher blood-alcohol content.
Springfield's attorney previously entered a not guilty plea to charges of DUI. The singer would have faced up to six months in jail if convicted of the original charges.
Springfield did not appear in court himself and did not have to. He recently toured the United States and promoted his memoir, "Late, Late at Night."
In "Late, Late at Night," Springfield details his past struggles - he has combated depression and sex addiction. When he was 17, he tried to commit suicide by hanging himself, but the rope he used snapped and he fell to the floor.
Springfield, an Australian native, dated Linda Blair of the horror film "The Exorcist" in the 1970s and married Barbara Porter in 1984.
Springfield struggled with money before he became a successful music artist who sold about 20 million albums. He also landed a gig on "General Hospital" and played Dr. Noah Drake between 1981 and 1983 and later again between 2005 and 2007 and also in 2008.
He also appeared on television shows such as "High Tide," "Californication" and the rebooted "Hawaii Five-O" series that airs on CBS.