Dwight Gooden, 54, was arrested Monday night after New Jersey police saw him driving in the wrong direction in a one-way street, later discovered him in a drunken state and peed himself
Controversial former Mets-pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested for the second time on Monday in just over a month after the police caught him driving the wrong way in a one-way street in New Jersey.
Gooden, 54, who has had a well-documented fight against alcohol and drug addiction, was said in a drunken state when officers placed him in handcuffs near Ferry Street, Newark, at 11:10 pm last night.
Sources told the New York Post that the legendary baseball star & # 39; had peed behind the wheel of the car & # 39; and told officers that he has diabetes as a justification for his state, although it remains unclear whether he is.
& # 39; He peptes himself. He was clearly buzzing, really a little confused, & the source said, before adding that Gooden is still & # 39; cooperative and polite.
Gooden was taken to the nearby University Hospital to be checked by doctors and is likely to be charged later for the incident.
His black Chrysler SUV was dragged away from the scene after being held.
"It is sad to see the continuing problems of the former star of Mets, but it is an example of the continuing plague of drugs and alcohol in this country and the stranglehold they have on addicts," said Anthony F. Ambrose, director from Newark Public Safety. Patch.com.
The police also said they believed Gooden was under the influence of cocaine.
He appeared before a judge on Tuesday morning.
& # 39; He peptes himself. He was clearly buzzing, really a little confused, & a source said, before adding that Gooden is still & # 39; co-operative and polite, despite being drunk
The latest arrest of Gooden comes as part of a tragic running saga that began during the peak of his career in the 1980s.
Gooden was recently arrested on 7 June for possession of cocaine and drunk driving.
Gooden became famous for his off-field antics after leading the Mets to their most recent World Series Championship in 1986 – the start of a slippery slope for the 1985 National League CY Young Award winner.
He started his first of many rehab programs in 1987 after he tested positive for cocaine during a training camp for the Mets.
Gooden was subsequently suspended for a whole season in 1995 for a second failed drug test.
In addition to his addiction fights, the pitcher has a number of other brush-ins with the law, including busts for reckless driving, driving with a suspended driver's license, and battery after allegedly beating his fiancé during a fight.
In 2008, he served eight months in prison for violating his probationary period by appearing for a meeting with his probation officer high on cocaine.
And then two years later he was arrested again after crashing his car in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey while driving under the influence of drugs while taking his five-year-old son to school.
Gooden (photo in 1993) became famous for his antics off the field after leading the Mets to their most recent World Series Championship in 1986 – the start of a slippery slope for the 1985 National League CY Young Award winner
In addition to his addiction fights, the thrower has a number of other legal impacts, including busts for reckless driving, driving with a suspended driver's license, and battery after hitting his fiancé in a fight
In his arrest on June 7, which was revealed in court documents released earlier this month, officers saw him irregularly driving in Holden, and a search in his vehicle yielded two zip pockets that were filled with a powder, later confirmed to be cocaine.
He was run over just before 1 o'clock in the morning because he was driving too slowly on the highway, did not maintain the lane and had tinted windows that are illegal in the Garden State.
Mayor Bill de Blasio received a key to the city just two years earlier and was accused of possessing a third degree of a controlled hazardous substance, as well as possession of paraphernalia and drunk driving. He is behind bars for three to five years, if convicted.
It is currently unclear what charges he is facing in connection with the Monday evening incident.
Gooden last pitched for the Yankees in 2000. His off-field antics defeated his chances at the Hall of Fame and received only 3.3% of the vote in 2006.
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