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David Cassidy -- Busted for DUI

11/4/2010 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy was arrested in Florida last night on suspicion of  DUI ... after cops found a half empty bottle of bourbon in his 2008 Mercedes.

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The 60-year-old former teen idol was spotted weaving on and off the road a number of times on Florida's Turnpike around 8:00 PM  ... and was eventually pulled over by a member of the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to cops, Cassidy told the trooper that he'd had a glass of wine around lunch time and popped a hydrocodone painkiller a few hours before the arrest.

In his report, The trooper claims he instructed Cassidy to get out of the car -- and dude was "swaying while standing."  Cassidy took a breath test and blew a 0.139 and 0.141 -- way over the .08 legal limit.

The trooper then searched the car and turned up a half empty bottle of Labrot Graham Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon in the back seat.

We're told Cassidy was taken to a nearby jail and booked for DUI. He was released this morning at 3:22 AM on a $350 bond.

David Cassidy is adamant that he was NOT hammered on booze when he got behind the wheel in Florida last night ... and says he plans to fight the DUI charges tooth and nail.

David's rep, Jo-Ann Geffen, tells TMZ ... the former teen idol admits he did take a pain pill for his back earlier in the day -- and may have been tired from an early morning funeral he had to attend -- but he definitely wasn't drunk.

Cassidy is also disputing the results of the two breathalyzer tests he took at the time of arrest -- insisting his true blood alcohol content was not properly measured.

Cassidy's rep tells us the actor is already on the hunt for a lawyer and plans to fight the charges adding, "He would never jeopardize anyone on the road and he would not have been driving had he not had to go to a funeral ... he's never been arrested in his life before for anything."

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judyleeee    

Yes, let's hear from her about 10 years after she has kids 24 hours a day and see if she still feels the same way about raising them.I love this , So does My boyfriend .he is almost 11year older than me .i met him via agegapsingl es.c 'om a nice place for seeking age le ss love.which gives you a chance to make your life better and open opportunities for you to meet the attractive young girls and treat you like a king. Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends.. Just love it

1451 days ago
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Jay    

Too bad he's 60 years old and coming apart at the seams. Drugs AND bourbon? And TWO BAC tests that show Cassidy clearly over the limit? Looks like whoever he hires to defend him will likely have to set up a plea deal on this one. Live and learn...

1451 days ago
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Diana    

He is innocent until proven guilty. He has been in the public eye for decades and this is the first time he's in the news for this!

1451 days ago
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Joyce Daniels    

David Cassidy is a drunk. We went his concert last year and he was smashed on stage...kept creeping behind the drummer for another drink...and the whole concert was laugable. So unprofessional and really a shame. We left before it was over as many of the others in the audience did as well.
Davie Jones was on stage before "So called headliner Cassidy" and Davie is a true professional in every way. That part of the concert was well worth the money. Should have asked for a refund for Cassidy. What a huge disappointment!

1451 days ago
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Jerry    

Cassidy is a drunk like his Dad, his Dad died in a chair drunk with a lit cigarette at his side, burned himself up, let's hope this is a wake-up call for David.

1451 days ago
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Dee    

Anyone with a brain; knows you do not drink and take painkillers together. If anything; he should have taken a taxi or had a friend drive. He has to have at least one friend. Yes he did jeopardize other people.

1451 days ago
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funbunn40    

50 cents....Instead of flaunting his wealth it would be nice if he'd put back in the world and do something for disadvantaged kids,renovate and supply schools with books,decent classrooms, tutors, etc. It might give him more self respect and satisfaction than spending it on bling,and self indulgence. It's fine to enjoy your wealth, but have some class and give a hand to some less fortunate.

1451 days ago
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The Old Hen    

Poor guy. First that red-headed little creep and now David. Surely someone will come up with a 'Partridge Curse" theory.

1451 days ago
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bgatlake    

If he wasn't hammered, was his perception so bad that he kept driving? He had to have an idea he was impaired. Shut up and take your punishment. Thank goodness my family were not on the road near you.

1451 days ago
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stephen    

You say that "TMZ has upgraded the comments system". So now there is no (!) to report junk spammers ?
Anyway, i didn't realize Cassidy is actually older than me. WOW !

1451 days ago
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macdaddy    

David is a addict big time he has the look that can't be hidden.Pale,skinny, pie eyed. I have seen it many,many,many times.

1451 days ago
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Pam    

Do the reporters just hang out at the police stations? How on earth do they get the mug shots so soon? And why do police departments hand them out to everybody? Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Granted David Cassidy's breath test was proof he was drunk, but we need to draw the line somewhere.

1451 days ago
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Marcia Valentine    

I have learned NEVER trust the police. Not only is it ok for them to LIE, they are encouraged to do so! Good luck beating the rap. At least you have money to fight the case; unlike me. Forver your fan.

1451 days ago
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Libby    

I love the quoted comments that always get them caught... "He would never jeopardize anyone on the road and he would not have been driving had he not had to go to a funeral ... he's never been arrested in his life before for anything." Now... IF he wasn't intoxicated, WHY would it matter if he was driving or not?

1451 days ago
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Keith Scherer    

Half empty bottle? Lightweight.

1451 days ago
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