The actor best known for his role as Keith Partridge in "The Partridge Family" sitcom is arrested for DWI in the town of Schodack. YNN's Karen Tararache has more on the arrest, on how one grant is helping Rensselaer County crack down on drinking and driving.
SCHODACK, N.Y. -- David Cassidy was a handsome actor, talented singer and songwriter, and the object of every girl's crush in the seventies. He was most well known for his role as Keith in the "The Partridge Family" sitcom.
His once adored headshot, is now replaced by a mug shot and his resume now includes a DUI arrest in Florida in 2010 and more recently, another arrest on Wednesday morning in Schodack.
Schodack Police Chief Bernhard Peter said, "He was over the legal limit for driving while intoxicated, which is .08 in this state."
And because this was Cassidy's second DWI arrest in 10 years, state law requires he be charged with a felony.
"It pays to have the extra patrols out which is good for our community or the surrounding communities to have," Peter added.
But those extra patrols wouldn't be possible in Rennselaer County without STOP DWI.
Rensselaer County STOP DWI Director James Gordon explained, "STOP DWI is a state mandated program that the counties facilitate that goes out and deals with education, awareness and enforcement of the DWI laws."
The foundation received a $65,000 grant last October that was distributed evenly among eight local police agencies.
Gordon added, "Essentially we operate on the fines and penalties that DWI convicted offenders pay to the courts."
"We were all given this money to be used at special times during the year and its usually around the holiday times," Peter said.
According to Gordon, approximately 800 arrests are made annually in the county as a result of DWI.
He said, "Last night there was a high profile arrest but these arrests happen on a daily basis in Rensselaer County."