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Seventies heart-throb David Cassidy has been placed on probation for five years after admitting drunken driving.

The singer – who was a teen idol to millions of girls both as a member of the fictional Partridge Family group and as a solo artist – was stopped and arrested in January after an illegal turn at a red light near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a CNN report.

It was Cassidy's second arrest for driving under the influence in the past six months and his third in three years, said CNN.

The 63-year-old, who was twice the legal breath limit, was also ordered by an LA judge to spend 90 days in alcohol rehabilitation, although Cassidy's manager, Jo-Ann Geffen, told CNN that he had been in a residential programme since being arrested so would be able to check out soon and start his entertainment career again.

Cassidy has gigs already booked, starting in April in North Carolina.

She told CNN earlier that he had already completed a rehab session and had been doing well but the stress of questioning by lawyers concerning a dispute about Partridge Family profits had started him drinking again.

"He was in Los Angeles to attend depositions by Sony Pictures Television, respondents in a lawsuit filed by Cassidy in 2011 over what he claims are monies long due him from Partridge Family merchandise, home video, etc. After attending his and his manager's depositions, it appears as if the pressure led to a brief relapse," she told CNN.