David Cassidy on DWI Guilty Plea: 'Is This an Election Year?'

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David Cassidy, star of the 1970s TV show The Partridge Family, appeared in a Schodack, New York courtroom Wednesday to plead guilty to his felony drunk driving case after copping a plea, which reduced the charge to a misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated.

The former teen heartthrob, who lives in Florida, was not too thrilled when the judge decided to put off sentencing until Nov. 5.

"Your honor, I came here today hoping to get this taken care of and over with," Cassidy told the judge.

Justice Bruce J. Wagner said the law requires Cassidy undergo an alcohol screening prior to sentencing and told Assistant District Attorney Michael Shanley his office should have asked for a presentencing report.

Cassidy's attorney, Lucas Mihuta, tried to have the sentencing carried out in the one court appearance, but the judge insisted the screening be carried out before he pass down the sentence.

Cassidy's deal calls for 50 hours of community service, and the installation of an alcohol locking device on any vehicle used by Cassidy for a year.

The 64-year-old singer has already completed an alcohol treatment program, but in November the judge will decide if he needs more, according to TMZ.

"I'm not pleased how this turned out tonight, but at least I'm not going to prison," Cassidy said following the court appearance. "Is this an election year? I don't mean any disrespect. I love this part of New York and have been coming here for years to the track. I admit I was driving drunk, but this was my first offense in New York state; I didn't hurt anyone or crash my car."

Cassidy was arrested last year after he was stopped by cops in Schodack, New York, with a blood alcohol level at 0.10, over the legal limit of .08.

This is Cassidy's third DUI conviction. In March, Cassidy pled no contest to a DUI charge in Los Angeles. He also has a prior DUI conviction in Florida.

Pam Wright