• Former major league pitcher Dwight Gooden arrested on DUI charge

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Former major league pitcher Dwight Gooden's scrapes with the law continue.

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    Gooden, 54, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence shortly after midnight Monday in Newark, New Jersey, according to court records. Gooden, a 16-year MLB veteran who won the National League's Cy Young Award in 1985 with the New York Mets, was driving the wrong way on a one-way street, NJ.com reported.

    "It's sad to see the continued problems 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 Ambrose told WABC.

    Gooden was arrested June 7 in New Jersey and charged with cocaine possession and driving under the influence, The New York Times reported.

    During his playing career, Gooden was suspended for the 1995 season because of a failed drug test, NJ.com reported. He also has been arrested several times on drug-related charges through the years, the website reported. In 2006, Gooden served seven months in prison after violating his probation, WABC reported.

    Gooden was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and helped the Mets win the World Series in 1986. In 1996, he pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees. He had a career record of 197-112 with a 3.51 ERA.

    Gooden is due in Newark Municipal Court on July 30 to answer his latest charges, NJ.com reported.


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