Cassidy turns up at racetrack instead of court

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David Cassidy

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy apparently was at Saratoga Race Course as his lawyer was preparing to accept a plea deal on the singer’s behalf in an upstate New York courtroom.

Cassidy was charged last summer with driving while intoxicated in the town of Schodack (SKOH’-dak), near Albany. Because Cassidy lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, prosecutors agreed to let his lawyer enter a guilty plea rather than make him appear in court Wednesday.

But officials learned via a tweet by the New York Racing Association that Cassidy was at the racetrack in Saratoga, 40 miles north of Schodack.

A prosecutor told The Daily Gazette of Schenectady that officials were “confused” and “disturbed” to learn Cassidy was nearby when his lawyer said Cassidy would be unable to appear in court.

A new court date is being scheduled.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette