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Doc Gooden arrested for DUI with kid in car

Left: New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden is carried off the field by his teammates after closing out a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night May 14, 1996 at New York's Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won 2-0. Right: Gooden looks toward his family at the Hillsborough County Courthouse after his sentencing April 5, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. Gooden was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for violating probation by using cocaine. (Kevin Larkin (left), Steve Nesius (right))

March 24, 2010 3:04:26 PM PDT
Former New York Met and Yankee pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested in New Jersey Tuesday after police say he got into a car crash while under the influence of drugs with a kid in his car. The incident happened around 8:50 a.m. after police responded to a 911 call of a crash on Old Mill Road involving two vehicles.

Ronald Schmidt said the accident happened on his way to work.

Police say Gooden, 45, hit Schmidt's car from behind.

"I looked at him and said Dwight Gooden. He said yes. I think he was a little surprised that I recognized him. He shook my hand and I said, 'I've always admired you,'" Schmidt explained.

Schmidt is a big fan of the one time all star, Cy Young award winner and World Series champ.

"I called 911 right away. I told him I was going to do that and he said fine," Schmidt said.

Franklin lakes police say Gooden was anything but fine.

They say he was under the influence of a "controlled dangerous substance" and had his 5 year old son in the car with him, but not in a car seat.

It's just latest in a string of run-ins with the law.

In 2002, he was arrested and charged with drunk driving. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

In 2003, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

In 2005, he was arrested for punching his girlfriend and released on a misdemeanor battery charge. That same year he was arrested for drunk driving.

In 2006, he was arrested for violating probation. He spent 8 months in jail.

Schmidt wouldn't say if Gooden looked under the influence. He's been advised by his attorney not to.

Gooden was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, endangering the welfare of a child, driving while under the influence of drugs, 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

Gooden was released on his own recognizance.

Gooden made his major league debut with the New York Mets at just 19 years old. He was the youngest All-Star selection in history, as well as the youngest recipient of the Cy Young Award. A four-time All-Star selection and a three-time World Series champion, Gooden was voted the NL Rookie of the Year in 1984.


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