Published March 24, 2010
Former Mets and Yankees ace Dwight "Doc" Gooden was busted in New Jersey after getting into a car crash while under the influence of drugs with a child in his car, authorities said.
Gooden, 45, was arrested Tuesday in Franklin Lakes at about 8:50 a.m. after crashing into another car along Old Mill Road, Deadspin.com reported today.
The former major league pitcher, who has served time behind bars for drugs abuse, was released on his own recognizance.
Gooden, who has a 5-year-old son named Dylan, was also charged with being under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance, endangering the welfare of a child, DWI with a child passenger, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, reckless driving, failure to keep right and failure to notify change of address regarding driver's license, police said.
Police in the posh suburb did not identify the boy in the car and declined to say what drugs were involved.
The Mets had invited Gooden, who took a job as senior vice-president with the minor league Newark Bears last year, to spring training this year to serve as a team advisor.
The three-time World Series champion has a history of drug abuse and a lengthy rap sheet dating back to his playing days in the 1980's.
In 1986, Gooden pleaded no contest to battery on an officer and resisting arrest after getting into a scuffle with Tampa police officers.He was sentenced to three years' probation.
A year later, he tested positive for cocaine at training camp and went to drug rehab for 28 days.
In 1992, Gooden was one of three players accused of raping a 31-year-old woman at a home he rented in Florida for training camp. The charge was later dropped
Two years later, he was suspended for 60 days after violating the league's drug program by failing two substance abuse tests. Gooden eventually checked into the Betty Ford Center, but failed more tests after returning. As a result, Major League Baseball suspended him for the 1995 season.
In 2002, Gooden pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving after he was arrested in Tampa. A year later, he was busted for driving with a suspended license after a traffic stop in Tampa.