Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2019

Former New York Mets pitcher and Cy Young victor Dwight "Doc" Gooden was arrested in New Jersey last month for cocaine possession and driving under the influence, it was revealed Friday.

Prosecutor's spokesperson Christopher Swendemen told the Post that Gooden was pulled over for driving too slow on a highway and failing to maintain his lane and having overly tinted windows.

Two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in the 54-year-old Gooden's vehicle. Gooden was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled risky substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence. Authorities say he was under the influence at time of arrest and was also ticketed for several motor vehicles offenses.

Gooden is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.

Gooden has a long history with drug addiction.

The Post learned that the former pitcher, known by the moniker, "Doc", was arrested on the 7th of June by Holmdel police. He missed the start of the 1987 season after testing positive for cocaine use.

He failed another drug test in 1995 and was subsequently suspended for the season.

Former National League Cy Young Award victor Dwight Gooden is facing drug charges in New Jersey.

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.

The New York Mets Hall of Fame inductee posted a 194-112 record during his 16 seasons in the majors.

Gooden was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1984, won the NL Cy Young Award in 1985, and was on the Mets' 1986 World Series title team.

If the New York Mets ship away Noah Syndergaard, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen should demand a haul in return.

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