David Cassidy Skips DWI Hearing, Hits Racetrack

Officials 'disturbed' after '70s star is busted by a tweet

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 31, 2014 10:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – A tweet from a horse track prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf. Cassidy was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated in the town of Schodack, near Albany. Because he lives in Florida, prosecutors agreed to let his lawyer appear in court for him yesterday ... but then a tweet by the New York Racing Association said Cassidy was at Saratoga Race Course, 40 miles north of Schodack.

A prosecutor told the Daily Gazette of Schenectady that officials were "disturbed" to learn Cassidy was nearby but apparently unable to appear. Cassidy's lawyer said his client may not have known the timing of his court date. A new court date is being scheduled. (In 2010, Cassidy was allegedly found driving in Florida with a half-empty bottle of bourbon in his car.)

This Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 booking mug released by the Schodack (NY) Police Department shows actor-singer David Cassidy.
This Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 booking mug released by the Schodack (NY) Police Department shows actor-singer David Cassidy.   (AP Photo/Schodack Police Department)
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