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David Cassidy
David Cassidy

Fort Lauderdale singer David Cassidy’s life is starting to sound like a country song.

The star of the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, who was sentenced in connection with three DUIs in three states in four years, is now facing a misdemeanor for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident in Fort Lauderdale.

Witnesses said Cassidy didn’t appear impaired when the front passenger’s side of his Kia hit the back of a large truck. No one was injured.

Yet it’s another strange driving incident for the singer of I Think I Love You: He’s still on probation for a DUI arrest in Los Angeles last year.

According to FHP records, Cassidy was headed west on I-595 about noon Sept. 9 “at a high rate of speed” and “in and out of traffic” when his Kia crashed into a box truck.

Cassidy, 65, was described to troopers by witnesses who have no idea who he is as “a clean facial-shaved older Caucasian male” in blue jeans and a gray shirt. Cassidy took off west despite a flat tire and damage to the Kia.

A witness showed troopers a photo of the car and its license plate. By 1:30 p.m., Cassidy was found at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.

Cassidy said he provided his driver license number and registration info to the truck driver and couldn’t wait for police because he had a hospital appointment unrelated to the crash.

He wasn’t cuffed and thrown in the slammer but was issued four citations. The Broward County State Attorney’s office then filed a charge of leaving the scene, a misdemeanor. Cassidy is set to be arraigned on the criminal charge on Oct. 27.

A conviction could fetch up to a year in prison then more time behind bars in California for the violation of probation.

Cassidy is also going through a divorce, filed for bankruptcy last year and was forced to sell his Lauderdale Beach crib.

Cassidy’s criminal lawyer didn’t return calls for comment.


Former University of Miami neurosurgeon Dr. Bruno Gallo has asked a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a former mistress and patient who says the married doc bad-mouthed her to authorities after they broke up.

A hearing on the motion to dismiss is set for Tuesday on the grounds that Gallo was just trying to protect his family after the ex allegedly keyed the words “No more I love yous” into his car.

The woman, Lisa Morse, ended up on BOLO posters on the UM campus last year after a high-profile doctor accused her of going Fatal Attraction when he told her he no longer wanted her.

Morse claimed in her court complaint that Gallo’s “vicious, defamatory, baseless and untrue attacks” were designed to destroy her and “severely limit her ability to earn a living” as an occupational therapist.

Earlier this year, brain surgeon Gallo left the university after nurses complained to the school that they could hear him “through paper-thin walls” having sex in his office.

Gallo’s lawyer didn’t comment.


Anchorwoman Cynthia Demos is following colleague Irika Sargent out the door at CBS4. Demos says she’s leaving television altogether.

The Miami-born Demos had been at the station for seven years, during which time she anchored every news slot: morning, lunch and night.

“We were in contract negotiations [at WFOR] . . . and I was actually thinking about staying, but a friend who runs a public relations agency asked me to come aboard,” she said.

Demos is set to become a managing partner at The Dana Agency, an event planning firm with offices in Miami, Los Angeles and New York.