Actress Katie Cassidy, whose father is David Cassidy of “Partridge Family” fame, has chosen to take a diversion class for first-time offenders after being cited for underage drinking.
Cassidy, who turned 21 on Nov. 25, was a passenger in a pickup that was pulled over by Tucson police near East Grant Road and North Euclid Avenue. about 2:15 a.m. Oct. 30.
Officers said Cassidy showed signs of intoxication. Cassidy admitted having alcoholic drinks, but gave officers a friend’s name and said she was 23.
Cassidy later admitted lying because “she is a Hollywood actress and . . . this would not look good for her,” according to a police report.
Cassidy co-stars in the Liam Neeson film “Taken,” which is scheduled to open later this month.
Cassidy was cited on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol and false reporting to a law enforcement agency.
Deputy City Attorney Laura Brynwood said Cassidy agreed Monday to enroll in the city’s diversion program, which is an all-day class on adult responsibility. Cassidy must pay $180 for the class.
However, Cassidy could choose to have the diversion program find an approved comparable class near her Hollywood home.
“We don’t know what she’s going to do,” Brynwood said.
A follow-up hearing is set for June 11.
If Cassidy completes the diversion class, Brynwood said, the charges against her will be dismissed.
Caleb Wilson, 20, of Tucson was driving the truck and cited on suspicion of making an improper right turn, failing to obtain an Arizona driver’s license and lacking proof of insurance.
Wilson pleaded guilty to lacking insurance and paid a fine. He agreed to a defensive driving class for making an improper turn and the driver’s license charge was dismissed, court records show.