May 3, 2011 / 5:20 PM / 9 years ago

Rick Springfield arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Rick Springfield was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk through Malibu in his vintage Corvette over the weekend, police said on Monday.

Springfield, 61, was taken into custody on Sunday night after failing a field sobriety test, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman said in a statement.

The singer, best known for his 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl,” was stopped by sheriff’s deputies after rapidly accelerating his 1963 Corvette along Pacific Coast Highway in the celebrity enclave of Malibu. He “exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication,” the statement said.

A breath analysis showed that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent, above California’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, the statement added.

The Australian-born Springfield, who also starred on the soap opera “General Hospital” during his ‘80s heyday and more recently in “Californication” as a decadent version of himself, faces a court appearance on July 5.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Dean Goodman

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