Former Teen Heartthrob, Now 63, Arrested for Third Time on Suspicion of Drunken Driving

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy of the iconic ’70s sitcom “The Partridge Family” has been arrested in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving — his third such arrest in three years.

An Aug. 21, 2013 booking mug released by the Schodack (N.Y.) Police Department shows actor-singer David Cassidy, who was charged with felony driving while intoxicated in upstate New York. miles south of Albany. (Image source: AP)

The California Highway Patrol says the 63-year-old Cassidy was pulled over Friday night near Los Angeles International Airport after an officer spotted him making an illegal right turn against a red light.

Cassidy blew .19% — twice the legal level — on an alcohol test administered by the officer who stopped the singer-actor’s rented Chevrolet Impala, according to a CHP statement Saturday, CNN reported. Cassidy was then arrested.

The Sheriff’s Inmate Information Center says Cassidy was released Saturday morning on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5.

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Cassidy was arrested on a drunken driving charge in Schodack, New York, last August after he failed to dim his car’s headlights at a police checkpoint, according to the police report. He blew a .10 in the Breathalyzer device, the report said. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 in New York.

Cassidy, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, entered a no contest plea as a first-time offender in February 2011 to a drunken driving charge that followed a November 2010 arrest in Florida. He was sentenced to a year’s probation and his driver’s license was suspended for six months for that conviction. He also attended a DUI school, paid a $500 fine and served 50 hours of community service.

On the TV series, Cassidy played the eldest of five children of a widowed mother (Shirley Jones, who was Cassidy’s real-life stepmother), CNN noted. The family, all musicians, traveled to gigs in a repainted school bus.

When the show was canceled after four seasons, Cassidy launched his own pop music career, filling concert halls with screaming teenage girls attracted to such hits as “I Think I Love You.”

A call from The Associated Press seeking comment from Cassidy’s publicist was not immediately returned.

Cassidy singing his signature hit with his TV family in the early 1970s: