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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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16.

tricia    

1) Painkillers do not effect a breath test.
2) An open container of alcohol in a vehicle is illegal.
3) His rep said he would not have been driving if he didn't have to go to a funeral. But before that, it said the funeral was in the morning....? He was pulled over at 8:oo pm.
Sounds like he was drowning his grief while driving!
But he'll probably be another celeb that gets off with a hand slap!

1345 days ago
17.

Mike    

David Cassidy's father use to work in the Flushing,ny post office.

1345 days ago
18.

boomer60s    

Geez David, I grew up along with you watching the PF and it seemed you made it through the child actor dangers..at least till now.

1345 days ago
19.

stephen g    

Wow. This getting older thing is freaking weird. When I was about 20 everyone wanted a hair style like david kassidy. He had everything we wanted. Good looks, fame, girls. Now, I see this picture.WTF I can't believe it. I've got a full head of hair and he's almost bald and receding. Wow. Who ever thought.....
With his life, he ends up drinking in Excess. What the hell????
Life is freaking strange!!!!!

1345 days ago
20.

John    

Sounds like a whining baby to me, Take your DUI and lump it Cassidy, Be lucky that you didn't injure yourself or someone else, Pain Pills and Bourbon, You were not only drunk, you were high, Get over yourself and enjoy the fines, That's all your going to get, maybe some community service, But that will give you something better to do than drive around drunk and high.

1345 days ago
21.

Dr. Jeff    

They also found a puka shell necklace.

1345 days ago
22.

Manxie    

This guy slays me! lol
He constantly complained while filming Partridge Family...hated the songs....YET, he sang them at his concerts!!! OMG!
And this was back when he was 'popular'.
Plus......don't bother reading the book he wrote...all the man talks about is his pecker and how much pooty he got back then.
He's so infatuated with his penis...chapter after chapter telling us how 'huge' it is...lol!!!
I swear...dont buy it unless you get it for pennies on Amazon liike I did. I laughed all the way through it...and it's not suppose to be funny. No wonder Susan Dey has'nt talked to him in years...he talks so much trash about her...reveals things that he knew were private. Made me sick! He was drunk...he needs to man up to it.

1345 days ago
23.

fred     

Yeah he looks drunk in his picture, and I'm sure that his blood alcohol content was way off the charts. He should be put away! It's not like he's got a hit TV show anymore, like Charlie Sheen!

1345 days ago
24.

Markey    

HE LOOKS LIKE A 70 YEAR OLD DRUGGIE

1345 days ago
25.

Jeff    

I wonder if Cassidy did this in order to end up on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew? I read these former celebs get $500,000.00 per episode. Any smart agent could put them up to something like that. Nothings surprises me in this day and age.

1345 days ago
26.

T    

aw, c'mon ... sounds like he was just gettn' happy! :)

1345 days ago
27.

jojo    

as the Mom of an Officer, those police reports for a DUI all say the same crap, swayed, mumbled, nervous, etc.~ please cops lie like anyone else to get you to take the field test, then even if you had a few beers for real, your screwed cause the BAC of .08 is ridiculous! Hang in there David, maybe the Florida DUI laws are btter than NY or NJ?? we can't plea out...

1345 days ago
28.

Dave    

His eyes, look like "two piss holes in the snow".

1345 days ago
29.

Jeff    

What a shame I thought David got over that years ago.Its cool that Susan Dey has remained sober all theses years.

1345 days ago
30.

Jeff M    

David, you don't have to be "hammered" to be under the influence, if you have a BA of > .08 in Florida.
The only funeral I know of that same day was that of David Cassiday's career.

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