Partridge Family star, teen heartthrob David Cassidy arrested on DUI charge in St. Lucie CountyNovember 4th, 2010 by TCPalm.com
By Will Greenlee
Page2Live: DUI suspect David Cassidy, South Floridian since 2000 | Photos: South Florida homes of celebrities | PDF Read the arrest report | Photos: Celebrity jail mugs | Page2Live Hall of Shame | Page2live: Map of celebritiesST. LUCIE COUNTY — David Cassidy, the famed teen heartthrob of the 1970s best known for his role in the television show “The Partridge Family,” was arrested Wednesday on a DUI charge after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted his white Mercedes weaving on Florida’s Turnpike, according to an affidavit released Thursday.
Cassidy, 60, was southbound just north of Okeechobee Road when the trooper noticed his white 2008 Mercedes traveling off the road and then on the road a number of times, the report stated. The trooper stopped Cassidy at Okeechobee Road about 6:10 p.m. after another vehicle had to brake “abruptly” to avoid a crash.
When the trooper explained the reason for the stop, Cassidy, of Fort Lauderdale, appeared “somewhat confused,” the affidavit stated. While looking for his registration and proof of insurance, the trooper said Cassidy “was very apologetic for having to be stopped.” He also looked to be nervous and fumbled with papers in the glove box.
Cassidy said he was on prescription medications. He told the trooper he’d had a glass of wine around lunch time and took “a hydrocodone” about 3:30 p.m.
After performing field sobriety exercises, Cassidy was deemed to be impaired.
Breath tests about 8:30 p.m. measured Cassidy’s blood alcohol content at 0.139 percent and 0.141 percent — greater than the 0.08 percent legal limit.
Investigators found a half empty bottle of Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve bourbon in the right back seat floorboard of his vehicle.
Cassidy’s daughter, Katie Cassidy, was arrested in 2007 in Arizona in an alcohol related incident. She was 20 at the time and reportedly gave police false information about her identity.
David Cassidy faces charges including DUI, failure to maintain a single lane and open container violation. He was released about 3:30 a.m. Thursday from the St. Lucie County Jail on $350 bail, a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s official said.
Repeated efforts Thursday to reach Cassidy, who breeds and races thoroughbred horses, or a representative were unsuccessful.
A maid seen Thursday at Cassidy’s Fort Lauderdale home said he was not home and couldn’t provide further information, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Cassidy shot to stardom and became a hugely celebrated teen idol after his role in the “The Partridge Family,” which premiered in 1970 and also starred Cassidy’s stepmother Shirley Jones, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce. “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family was a hit single.
Over the next several years membership in his fan club exceeded that of the Beatles and Elvis Presley, though the latter two are considered to be far more culturally significant.
Cassidy broke box office records at venues including Houston’s Astrodome and New York’s Madison Square Garden.