Los Angeles, CA– Former 70s teen idol David Cassidy is now facing his third DUI after Los Angeles police stopped him for an illegal turn Friday.
The 63 year-old was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer after he took an illegal right turn and was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after the officer noticed the smell of alcohol coming from his vehicle.
“Cassidy was observed making a right turn on a red light, in violation of a black and white regulatory sign indicating, ‘No Right Turn On Red,’” the CHP said in statement released Saturday.
The former “Partridge family star registered a .19 on a breathalyzer and was booked into the Los Angeles County jail. He was freed on a $15,000 bond several hours later, according to CNN.
This is the actor/singer’s third DUI arrest in the past four years, let’s just hope he learns from his mistakes and this is his last DUI.
Cassidy’s first DUI charge occurred in 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the singer/actor lived part time. In that arrest he was observed driving erratically on the Florida Turnpike and was pulled over by police. After failing a battery of field sobriety tests and registering a .14 on the breathalyzer and he admitted to taking a prescription painkiller three hours prior to his arrest. Police also found an empty bottle of bourbon under the seat of his Mercedes.
Because that was his first DUI arrest, Cassidy pleaded “no contest” to the charges in 2011 and was sentenced to one year of probation; his license was suspended for 6 months and had to attend DUI School and serve 50 hours of community service.
In 2012, Cassidy was pulled over in upstate New York for having is high beams on. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of .10. Even though his BAC was barely over the legal limit his DUI charges were upgraded to a felony.
A first DUI offense is serious, but a second or third arrest can lead to a world of legal trouble. If convicted of his two recent DUIs, Cassidy could possibly face a jail sentence and lose his license for up to a year and be forced to pay costly fines.
Additionally, in many states, second and third DUI offenders are required to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicle once their license is reinstated. These devices won’t allow a person’s car to start when the have had too much to drink.
In an interview after his second arrest, Shirley Jones who played Cassidy’s mother in the Partridge Family and is his step-mother in real life said he “struggled with demons.”
Any DUI offender facing a second or third charge needs a strong defense and should hire a skilled Tulsa criminal attorney. With legal counsel, an offender can negotiate a plea bargain and avoid some of the harsher penalties that accompany repeat DUI offenses.