By TG Branfalt Jr.

SCHODACK, N.Y., Sept 3 (Reuters) - Former TV star and teen
idol David Cassidy admitted to driving drunk in upstate New York
under a plea deal on Wednesday requiring him to undergo
state-approved counseling and to equip his cars with a
breath-alcohol ignition interlock device.

Cassidy, 64, best known for his role as a young pop singer
on the 1970s hit show "The Partridge Family," was arrested last
summer with a blood alcohol level of 0.10, well above the legal
limit of 0.08, after being pulled over for a driving infraction.

He was initially charged with a felony count of driving
while intoxicated, then lost his chance to enter a guilty plea
to a lesser offense in absentia when prosecutors learned he was
at a nearby Saratoga racetrack instead of at home in Florida.

On Wednesday, he returned to court to enter a guilty plea in
person to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge under an
agreement with prosecutors to avoid jail time.

If the judge approves the sentencing recommendations,
Cassidy would be required instead to complete 50 hours of