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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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106 COMMENTS

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46.

Jane    

David, David, David....

1261 days ago
47.

G    

Gee...how come we never hear about the 100's of OUI's arrested everynight, but some "hasbeen" is now on the center of TMZ...LMAO...David...yea gonna bite the big one on this...1 Pain pill Mid day...is long gone...by the time you drank...and the Breath test...is about 99.99% accurate.... ".139 and ".141" you were above a buzz LOL!!!and a blood test would have been probably .16...so take the punishment...Oh and I bet instead of singing..."I woke up in love this morn'n" I bet he was singing..."I woke up with one hell of a headache!!!" Hope they throw the book at him...

1261 days ago
48.

mike    

i never understood why celebrities don't just buy a limosuine and hire a chauffer to drive them around i mean it's not like they can't afford it.

1261 days ago
49.

cardiacbuzz    

Keith........drunk as a partridge in a pear tree at christmas? C'mon!

1261 days ago
50.

Peggy    

Fitty and class don't occur together. Maybe he should fund a rehab center for all the people he sold crack to before he became famous.

1261 days ago
51.

gitterdunnow    

Cassidy can fight it all he wants. The breathalyzer is the first piece of concrete evidence to support a DUI. He was way over the legal limit. Furthermore, if the guy is drinking AND popping a prescription painkiller, there is no reason for him to be driving anyway. Just man up to it Mr. faded teen idol. Take your licks, learn from the experience, and let it die.

1261 days ago
52.

jaba    

MAN! HE LOOKS TERRIBLE!!!!

1261 days ago
53.

Todd    

Granted he probably was over the legal limit, however law enforcement erroneously increase the actual breathalyzer results by making the person blow into the tube for long periods, allowing the ultra alcohol enriched air at the bottom of the lungs to provide the test results, which is actually quite higher than the person's true blood alcohol content. I hope Reuben bailed him out.

1261 days ago
54.

dm99    

#43..Eric, after reading your comments, I just had to reply. First of all, bravo to you for being smart enough to have your friend drive!! You get major kudos!! I am completely shocked by what happened to your friend!! He blew .000 & that wasn't enough for the cop to stop?? I do not understand how the court then could find him guilty!! That is so unfortunate and sad! YOU @ least did the right thing! Sorry that things turned out the way they did! (From Jane...in Canada).

1261 days ago
55.

Raoul    

I often wonder why cops even both arresting celebrities since they always back off and drop the charges later. One set of laws for the rich and famous, a separate set for the rest of us.

1261 days ago
56.

Alvino    

Cuff him and stuff him who give a rats pa'toot!

1261 days ago
57.

Paula    

I don't care if he was drunk or not. You can't take painkillers and then drive. You're just as liable for what happens, and he should have gotten a ride to the funeral if he was going to be on drugs.

1261 days ago
58.

sol    

I hope the judge buries his ass!! How dare he drive drunk out on the streets, risking the lives of innocent ppl!!! When are those hollywood idiots going to get it!!!

1261 days ago
59.

lmalacki    

It's so easy for ppeople to point fingers, judge others. I have been a fan of David Cassidy since I was like 12 and now I'm 50, but that is not why I'm defending him. It's because I myself have driven a time when I shouldn't have, and I'm 99 percent sure that everyone has done it at some point in their life, and just have not been caught. Think about the stupid things you could have gotten caught doing, then see if you'll comment negatively. Everyone deserves understanding, as long as it's not routinely as issue.

1261 days ago
60.

tom    

david was drinking because he just discover that "liberalism is a mental disorder", and tried to change his ways quick as possible.

1261 days ago
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