Most people in New York City remember David Cassidy as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," but since the show's end, the still-active singer and actor has been struggling with alcohol. Unfortunately, he was recently arrested in upstate New York and has since been charged with felony driving while intoxicated. Because he pled no contest to DWI in 2011, this second arrest means felony charges.
New York state law says that if you have been convicted of DWI within 10 years, a second incident will be charged as a felony. Unfortunately, this often means a driver's license will be suspended for up to six months, a driver will be forced to install an ignition interlock device and, of course, there is the threat of jail time and fines.
Cassidy was initially stopped by a police officer when he failed to dim his headlights. When the officer approached the vehicle, he said he smelled alcohol and that Cassidy had watery, bloodshot eyes. He also claims to have noticed that Cassidy's seemed visibly impaired and had slurred speech. What the officer did not notice, however, was who Cassidy was.
Cassidy is not alone when it comes to multiple DWIs and felony charges. Unfortunately, there are many people whose addictions to alcohol are too severe to prevent them from getting a second or subsequent DWI. Hopefully, Cassidy will be able to get the help he needs to deal with his alcoholism, which he first admitted to at a public function in 2008.
Cassidy is currently out on bail.
Source: Albany Times Union, "Notable names in DWI arrest," Bob Gardinier, Aug. 21, 2013