FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - Florida Highway Patrol arrested actor David Cassidy Wednesday night on the Florida Turnpike in St. Lucie County on DUI charges.
The actor, 60, who lives on Ocean Drive in Fort Lauderdale, posted bail and was released from jail 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to FHP. The FHP report says Cassidy was southbound on the Turnpike near Exit 152 in St. Lucie County in a white Mercedes when he was pulled over for weaving and nearly causing an accident on the Florida Turnpike at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
After he was pulled over, the FHP trooper reported Cassidy was apologetic, appeared nervous, confused and smelled of alcohol. He told the trooper he had a glass of wine at lunchtime and a hydrocodone pill at 3:30 p.m.
After exiting his Mercedes, the trooper said Cassidy was unsteady on his feet and had to be instructed several times to stay on the shoulder of the highway.
A second trooper arrived and gave Cassidy a field sobriety test, according to the FHP report. He failed all three tests, FHP reported, and he was placed under arrest at about 8:30 p.m.
After his arrest, FHP searched the vehicle and found a half-empty 700 milliliter bottle of Labrot Graham Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon on the right back seat floorboard in a location still accessible to the driver, FHP reported.
Cassidy was given a breath test when he was booked into jail and blew a .139 and .141 percent blood-alcohol content in two separate tests, FHP reported. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Cassidy was lodged in St. Lucie County Jail in Fort Pierce on a DUI charge, failure to maintain a single lane and open container.
David Cassidy is best known for his role as the character of Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical/sitcom "The Partridge Family".
The role turned him into a teen idol in the 1970s, and he continues to perform as a musician and actor.
Fellow "Partridge Family" alum Danny Bonaduce, who played Cassidy's smart-aleck younger brother on the show, has had run-ins with the law and has turned his personal problems into success as a reality TV star.