Sheriff's deputies pulled over the soap actor-turned-crooner in his 1963 Corvette around 8 p.m., making the traffic stop near Pacific Coast Highway and Trancas Canyon Road, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
"He made a maneuver away from the light and it prompted them to stop and pull him over," Whitmore said. It was unknown what Springfield did that caught the deputies' attention.
When they pulled him over, deputies said, they smelled alcohol on Springfield's breath and asked him to breathe into a breathalyzer. The 61-year-old blew a 0.10% on the field sobriety test, according to Whitmore. The legal limit in California is 0.08.
Springfield was arrested and taken into custody at the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. After he sobered up, Whitmore said, the singer was released on $5,000 bond around 2:10 a.m.
That's the same station where Mel Gibson was taken after he was arrested "without incident" on a DUI charge in 2006. Once details of that arrest were leaked, it turned into quite an incident for the actor.
Earlier on Sunday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Springfield had joked that he would take his pants off to keep one bored audience member interested. Promoting his new memoir "Late, Late at Night," he said he would not be reprising his role as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital," nor strutting his stuff on "Dancing With the Stars."
Springfield also divulged that he never did get the girl who inspired "Jessie's Girl," according to Jacket Copy.
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Photos: Rick Springfield's mug shot taken after his arrest on suspicion of DUI, right, and the author-actor-singer earlier in the day at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, left, at USC on May 1, 2011, right. Credits: L.A. County sheriff's department/ Reuters, right; David Livingston / Getty Images, left.