CNN reports former teen idol David Cassidy has been sent back to alcohol rehab for three months following a plea of no contest for his most recent drunken driving charge. David Cassidy was arrested in early January for DUI near the Los Angeles International Airport after a Los Angeles police offer spotted him turning right illegally against a red light. The Los Angeles police officer determined David Cassidy may have been driving under the influence of alcohol after he smelled alcohol in Cassidy’s rental car.
At the time of the DUI arrest David Cassidy had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19%, which is twice the legal limit. The alcohol test was given by the police officer who stopped the singer.
Penalties for David Cassidy no contest DUI plea
David Cassidy, 63, will be expected to pay fines, participate in a nine month alcohol education program and serve five years of probation in addition to his rehabilitation.
This is not the first time the seventies star has had run-ins with the law. David Cassidy was previously stopped in New York on suspicion of drunken driving. He also has a previous DUI conviction in the state of Florida after he was arrested and convicted of drunken driving in 2011.
For his February 2011 drunk driving charge he also pleaded no contest following a November 2010 arrest in Florida. He was sentenced to a year’s probation and his driver’s license was suspended for six months for that conviction. He also attended a DUI school, paid a $500 fine and served 50 hours of community service
According to David Cassidy’s manager the singer had been under a great deal of stress at the time of the DUI arrest and was dealing with a legal dispute where Cassidy is fighting for profits he claims he is owed from ‘Partridge Family’ merchandise and home videos.
His manager, Jo Ann Geffen noted that David had completed a stint in rehab and had been staying sober. Given the pressure of a deposition in L.A. where David Cassidy was answering questions as a respondent in a lawsuit filed by Cassidy, however, he had a relapse.
David Cassidy television star in the seventies
Anyone who grew up in the 1970’s is familiar with David Cassidy who played the eldest of five children of a widowed mother on the popular show The Partridge Family. The mother was played by Shirley Jones, who was also David Cassidy’s step mother in real-life. In the show the family traveled to performances in a colored school bus.
David Cassidy also had fame after the show was cancelled. He started his own music career and had several hit songs, most notably a fan favorite “I Think I Love You.”
David Cassidy also worked with Universal Studios and appeared in a variety of television shows including Ironside, Marcus Welby M.D., Adam-12 and Bonanza. Cassidy made his professional debut in The Fig Leaves are Falling, a Broadway musical.
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