Rick Springfield Pleads No Contest in DUI Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rick Springfield has pleaded no contest toreckless driving and will serve probation to end a drunken driving case filed after his arrest last year.

The rocker’s attorney Philip Cohen entered the plea to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving “with driving under the influence conditions” Thursday in Malibu. The singer initially faced drunken driving charges, but the revised charge doesn’t include any allegation of alcohol impairment.

The “Jessie’s Girl” singer was arrested in May 2011 after deputies spotted him speeding in his 1963 Corvette on Pacific Coast Highway.

District attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison says Springfield will be on informal probation for three years and is required to attend a three-month alcohol education program.

Springfield didn’t attend Thursday’s court hearing.

FROM WIKIPEDIA:

Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe; 23 August 1949) is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a member of pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971 and then started his solo career with his début single “Speak to the Sky” reaching the top 10 in Australia. In mid-1972, he relocated to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981 in both Australia and the US. He received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Jessie’s Girl”. He followed with four more top 10 US hits, “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody”. His two US top 10 albums are Working Class Dog (1981) and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet (1982). As an actor, he portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night : a Memoir.

A new feature documentary titled “An Affair of the Heart: The Journey of Rick Springfield and his Devoted Fans was filmed in 2010 and will be hitting the film festival circuit in 2012.

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