Singer Rick Springfield was arrested today on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to appear in court in connection with a 2011 DUI case, but he was quickly released.
Springfield, 63, pleaded no contest in August to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in connection with his May 2011 arrest in Malibu.
He was sentenced to three years probation and a three-month alcohol program.
Two other misdemeanor DUI charges were dismissed as a result of the plea.
According to the website TMZ.com, Springfield was supposed to appear in court last month to show proof he had completed the alcohol program and paid the required fines.
A bench warrant was issued this week, the website reported, adding that the singer’s attorney had the warrant quashed while Springfield was being booked.
On his Facebook page, Springfield posted a picture of the Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills station and acknowledged he had been arrested on a bench warrant.
“I didn’t know that I was supposed (to) appear in court a few weeks ago,” he wrote. “It was to do with the old DUI charge and it’s been cleared up and I am free to go.”
The case stemmed from a May 1, 2011, traffic stop by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy near Trancas Canyon Road. Springfield — known for the 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl” — was released early the next morning.
In addition to his fame as a singer, Springfield portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital” and has appeared in numerous other TV shows.
He is scheduled to perform tonight at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville.
“Thought I might miss the gig tonight but I will be there and we will celebrate together,” he wrote on Facebook. “Life is not boring.”