Former teen idol David Cassidy pleaded no contest to DUI charges this week. His plea was entered in court by his attorney and Cassidy did not appear. Cassidy was given the minimum sentence for a person who pleads no contest to a first-time DUI offense. He was sentenced to one year of probation and a sixth-month driver's license suspension. He also must attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine. Cassidy must also serve 50 hours of community service.
The 60-year-old former star of the 70s TV show, "The Partridge Family," was arrested for DUI in Florida last November. The officer said that he stopped Cassidy after his car swerved onto the highway's shoulder twice and then cut off another car as it went onto an exit ramp.
Cassidy told a police officer that he had had a glass of wine with lunch several hours before he was pulled over. He also said that he had taken the pain medication Vicodin. The officer found a half-empty bottle of bourbon under Cassidy's seat, but Cassidy denied recently drinking it.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cassidy failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, which is almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The actor also appeared confused, but was apologetic and cooperative with the arresting officers.
'70s Heartthrob David Cassidy Pleads No Contest to DUI (Orlando Sentinel)