Horse racing tweet trips up David Cassidy's plea deal

David Cassidy had hoped to get a plea deal on a drunk driving charge in New York. However, that went awry thanks to a tweet by The New York Racing Association.

David Cassidy's 2013 mug shot.

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There's horse sense, horsing around and horse play.

Then there is what happened to David Cassidy, one-time pop star, this week.

The former Partridge Family star was to receive a plea deal in a New York court stemming from a 2013 DUI charge.

However, it got caught up in a tweet. Yes, a tweet.

Cassidy's lawyer claimed the '70s heartthrob couldn't make it to the court because he was being treated for alcoholism in Florida.

And then The New York Racing Association tweeted a photo showing Cassidy at Saratoga Race Course, having a grand old time on Wednesday about 40 miles away.

That put the brakes on the plea deal.

"It came to our attention yesterday through various media outlets," Carmelo Laquidara, first assistant DA in Rensselaer County, reportedly said. "If he's in Saratoga enjoying the races that belies the fact that he's currently in treatment out of state, thereby he should be able to appear in Schodack town court when directed to do so."

That direction came down for Sept. 3. The racetrack shouldn't get in the way of that schedule as it closes for the season after a card on Sept. 1, Labor Day.


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