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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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76.

bonnie    

David Cassidy I would never jeprodize anyone---I would not have been driving had I not attended a funeral-------major contradiction here Davie Boy, which is it two wrong test results? Hmmmm imagine that. I hope you have a heap of bucks left cause it's going to take that much to buy yourself out of this one. Your not not the first celeb with a DUI. Step up to he plate. Peole will respect your honesty much more than your denial

1388 days ago
77.

Jene    

Another drunken "Star"! See that he was released These people can kill others! With all his money, why can't he get himself a driver?

1388 days ago
78.

carol    

Okay he got caught driving drunk, good thing they caught him before anyone got hurt. Leave him alone let him pay his fines just like any regular person and let him get on with his life, did you put it in the news when Mr Joe Smiley public got caught driving DUI. He said he was at a funeral maybe he was having a hard time dealing. He made a mistake. WOW Like none of us have ever made a mistake.

1388 days ago
79.

stu_pidasso    

don't think... DRINK!

1388 days ago
80.

mary    

you shouldnt knock david down
it could happen in your own family

1388 days ago
81.

stu_pidasso    

i like my celebs good 'n drunk and using stacks of hundreds to make heart shapes, dammit.

this is still america, isn't it?!

1388 days ago
82.

Stephen    

Well I suppose david has been lucky not to have been arrested until now. He is in denial from the looks of things and ready for a much greater fall if he doesn't humble himself and seek help soon. He looks ripped in the mug shot by the way.

1388 days ago
83.

mike    

Bad combo.....pain pills and booze.
Tried it...bad combo!!!

1388 days ago
84.

Florida Resident    

My husband works in the jail David was brought to. He said he was very polite, calm and did not appear extremely drunk. He said by the looks he was tired and possibly had one drink. He spoke politely, and thanked everyone when he should have. They kept him a little private from the other inmates.

1388 days ago
85.

Mike    

50 cent needs to donate that $500,000 to the United Negro College instead of showing off like a chump.

1388 days ago
86.

Mick    

Take a look at that "Fitty Cent" dude.... There isn't a bit of talent in that guy, unless you want to count goofy...He's mighty lucky he has fifty cents to his name, and is not digging ditches...."Fitty Cent" is a perfect example of what happens when someone gets incredibly lucky at the expense of the extremely stupid.

1388 days ago
87.

laughin@stupid    

who is he kidding 1 loratab does not make you drive like a drunken fool why lie and make yourself look more of a fool, yes its you david taht is the fool not everyone around you

1388 days ago
88.

Elle    

Have to say this is pretty peculiar... eaxct point - haven't heard anything of him or his brother, Shaun - in DECADES... what a coincidence Shaun was just on Oprah TODAY, probably filmed some weeks ago - had an AMAZING show - such a humble great guy, and wouldn't you know it while the show was on - this about david was part of the afternoon news... David was always pretty self absorbed and wouldn't put it past him that there was some jealousy that Shaun was on - of all shows OPRAH... i just think it's too coincidental and just sad that he couldn't allow shaun and shaun's family some time to be in spotlight before he jumps in the car WASTED. i definitely feel this pathetic display has to do with Shaun being asked to be on show and getting some well deserved air time and attention...

1388 days ago
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maye    

50 cents flaunting his money. Go for it dude because soon it will be worth nothing. Just paper of no value like toilet paper, as the adm. gets us ready for the new one world currency.
Then you will really be crying because you won't be rich anymore. Hahahaha.

1388 days ago
90.

Kenny     

I have seen David 3 times and not once was he drunk! People love to point the figure and love to put down anyone with such huge success as David Cassidy. I am sure you all have friends that drink and drive, and would you call them addicts and drunkers?I am sure you would'nt. Also, those of you that think you know what really happened to Jack Cassidy,just go off all the rumors. If yiu read the # 76th comment that someone made that will give you an insight.
You all know that at one point in his carreer David Cassidy was bigger than The Beatles or Elvis. HE IS THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN IDOL PERIOD!

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