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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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105 COMMENTS

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31.

Olivia    

Someone needs to tell David that the cops have heard his excuse a million times, and that blood alcohol tests don't lie. To get to that level, he would have had to drink about 6 shots during the past hour----or 7 shots, if he started over an hour ago.

1367 days ago
32.

xpmark    

I never thought he would wind up in the gutter like a hopeless wino.Very sad.Whose next to fall out of the wine closet?

1367 days ago
33.

lorenzo    

"I woke up in jail this morning"

1367 days ago
34.

Noaa Ryan    

Go David Go........Bring on the Crown Royal

1367 days ago
35.

L    

TAKE AWAY HIS LICENSE IMMEDIATELY.
this country needs tougher drunk driving laws.
its sad he has a problem, yes, but get him off the road now.

1367 days ago
36.

FRANK MARGAN    

THE MAN IS A CONFIRMED DRUNK AND A WORSE LIAR. IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY HE IS SEEN CHASING EVERY WOMAN AROUND AND THEN GOES ON T.V TO TELL HOW HAPPILY MARRIED HE IS. HE IS DRUNK ALL THE TIME. COME ON DAVID, ADMIT IT AND GET THE HELP YOU SO BADLY NEED.

1367 days ago
37.

Nicholas Gibas    

David,
You should be smart enough to know by now that at your age the first thing you ask to do is go to the hospital. No breathalizer or field sobriety tests. You were sick as a dog, probably food poisoning. Along with the emotions of a funeral and the painkillers and being mentally exhausted you needed a hospital for a complete health exam after you had a good 10-12 hours of sleep. Oh, one more thing, DO NOT EVER GET BEHIND THE WHEEL & DRIVE IN THIS CONDITION. People no longer really like you and so your sympathy factor is zero. The public wants and needs people to stay out of their cars if unable to drive safely. No matter what the reason may be. Now you are not only a person who failed miserably on the tets but a person who is lying as well. Not only jail & a fine but rehab and no more booze. You 'ol hound dog.

1367 days ago
38.

makehimpay    

David Cassidy? A 60 year old has-been!!! Drunk and driving the roadways! NICE. Damn these "stars". I guess they'll end up one day killing someone before the justice system truly makes them pay the way it does just us average folks! What a bunch of BS!
Give him a trial, show the police video, produce the breathalizer results and then give him two years in prison.....Not jail, prison! He can share a cell with Charlie Sheen! EVERYDAY of the sentence SHOULD be served!
Oh and thanks to this A-HOLE..He just had to mention he took a pain medication. Thanks to him and the likes of Anna Nichole Smith, Michael Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and the rest of the Hollywood ilk, people who truly suffer with chronic pain are having a much harder time getting their pain medication because suddenly everyone who NEEDS these medications are suspected of abusing them.

1367 days ago
39.

Faye    

He should have learned from his own father. Apparently he can't drink. Why don't people think anymore?

1367 days ago
40.

nick    

Send him over to moom beam Browns house they would make a good pair.

1367 days ago
41.

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.

1367 days ago
42.

Eric    

What a joke. I freakin hate rich people and celebrities. They think they can lie to the police, make false official statements and then use their money to get them out of it. My buddy was arrested while driving my car, because I was drunk and it was 2AM and we were going to Corpus Christi, TX from Victoria, TX. He went over the center line to avoid some roadkill on the right hand side of the road and got pulled over. They accused him of being drunk because the car reeked (my breath, not his) and told him to get out and use the breathalyzer. He blew a .000 which pissed off the cop. The cop then made him do like 20 field sobriety tests until he found one my friend wasn't coordinated enough to do and arrested him for DUI. My friend went to fight it, but he was found GUILTY of driving under the influence of FATIGUE. So, Mr. Cassidy, you're still guilty even if you weren't drunk.. you were too tired... from your narcs.... and the alcohol combination.
Let's just say.. you can't fight the breathalyzer machine.. it doesn't lie. and a .14whatever means he drank that whole half bottle of bourbon himself within the last 3 hours and was smashed and lied to the cops (which carries more penalties) on the record.. Thow the book at him, I say.. I'm sick of celebs getting off scot free.

1367 days ago
43.

Stephen    

I can see it now......"DANNY BONADUCE stages a "rush-intervention" for T.v.-brother and threatens to punch ANYONE that gets in his way !!!"

1367 days ago
44.

joe    

Why does the media like showing mistakes people make. Noone is perfect. It doesnt matter how much they are worth or how popular they are. They are human. We all make stupid mistakes. Stop pointing fingers at each other. There is only one Judge that matters. Its life people. Everyone tries to get through it best way they know. Leave everyone alone. Quit judging.

1367 days ago
45.

Jane    

David, David, David....

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