Dwight Gooden Faces Drug Charges

Dwight Gooden

The Tampa native and former Mets standout pitcher was charged with cocaine possession and driving under the influence last month in New Jersey.

Prosecutor's spokesman Christopher Swendeman told the New York Post that Gooden had been pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway and for failing to maintain the lane.

In the documents obtained by The Post today, Gooden was charged with possession of an illegal narcotic in the third-degree, among another charge for carrying drug paraphernalia.

He also was ticketed for driving under the influence, which is a municipal offense.

He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on July 23.

The New York Post was first to report on the criminal charges in a story published Friday.

The 1985 Cy Young award victor has a lengthy history of drug addiction which has unfortunately overshadowed his baseball exploits. However, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 season after failing another test.

Later, after making a comeback and winning two World Series rings with the crosstown Yankees, Gooden was arrested in New Jersey for driving under the influence and crashing his auto while driving his five-year-old son Dylan to school.

More recently, Gooden spent eight months in jail in 2006 after showing up to a meeting with his probation officer under the influence of cocaine.

In 2016, he told The Post that he'd been sober ever since entering rehab four years earlier.

Gooden, affectionately known as "Doc" and "Dr. K", pitched to a 3.51 ERA across 16 seasons for the Mets, Yankees, Indians and Devil Rays.

When healthy, Gooden was a huge talent, winning the 1985 National League Cy Young Award and helping lead the Mets to a World Series championship the following season.

Gooden won 1914 games in his career and retired in 2001.

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