Dwight Gooden arrested in New Jersey

July 23, 2019 - 5:38 pm

Former MLB pitcher and New York Mets star Dwight Gooden was arrested for driving under the influence on Monday night in Newark, NJ. It's the second arrest in two months for the three-time World Series champion; Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence on June 7.

Gooden was found at 11:10pm driving the wrong direction on a one-way street and was reported to be noticeably intoxicated when police found him at the scene. His car was towed after the arrest and Gooden was taken to University Hospital in Newark.

The 1985 National League Cy Young winner has battled addictions with alcohol and drugs since his playing days. Despite failed drug tests and rehab, Gooden has still had a number of run-ins with the law.

After multiple drug arrests, Gooden spent seven months in prison for violating his probation in 2006. In 2010, he was arrested for driving under the influence while taking his then five-year-old son to school.

"It's sad to see the continued problem of this former Mets' star but it's an example of the persistent scourge of drugs and alcohol in this country and the stranglehold they have on addicts," Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said.

Gooden's battles with addiction and arrests have certainly altered his image and place in baseball history. While he's not enshrined in Cooperstown, "Doc" put together a solid career with the Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, finishing with a 194-112 record, an ERA of 3.51 and 2,293 strikeouts.

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