Embattled former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested for the second time in just over a month on Monday night after police caught him driving the wrong way down a one-way street in New Jersey.
Gooden, 54, who has had a well-documented struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, was said to be in an inebriated state when officers placed him in handcuffs near Ferry Street, in Newark, at 11:10pm yesterday evening.
Sources told the New York Post that the legendary baseball star had ‘peed himself’ behind the wheel of the car, telling officers that he’s diabetic as justification for his state, though it remains unclear if he actually is.
‘He p****d himself. He was clearly buzzed, really kind of f***ed up,’ the source said, before adding that Gooden was still ‘cooperative and polite’.
Gooden was taken to the nearby University Hospital to be checked over by doctors and will likely later be charged for the incident.
His black Chrysler SUV was towed away from the scene after he was detained.
‘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 F. Ambrose told Patch.com.
Police also said they believed Gooden to be under the influence of cocaine.
He appeared before a judge on Tuesday morning.
Gooden’s latest arrest comes as part of a tragic on-going saga that began during the peak of his career in the 1980s.
Most recently, Gooden was arrested on June 7 for cocaine possession and driving under the influence.
Gooden became renowned for his off-field partying antics after leading the Mets to their most recent World Series Championship in 1986 – the beginning of a slippery slope for the 1985 National League CY Young Award winner.
He entered his first of many rehab programs in 1987 after testing positive for cocaine during a training camp for the Mets.
Gooden was then suspended for an entire season in 1995 for a second failed drug test.
In addition to his addiction battles, the pitcher has a number of other brush-ins with the law including busts for reckless driving, driving with a suspended licence and battery after he allegedly struck his fiancée during an argument.
In 2008 he served eight-months in jail for violating his probation terms by showing up to a meeting with his probation officer high on cocaine.
And then two years later he was arrested again after he crashed his car in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, while driving under the influence of drugs as he took his five-year-old son to school.
In his June 7 arrest, which was revealed in court documents released earlier this month, officers spotted him driving erratically in Holden and a search of his vehicle yielded two ziplock bags filled with a powdered substance, later confirmed to be cocaine.
He was pulled over just before 1 a.m. for driving too slowly on the highway, failure to maintain the lane and having overly tinted windows, which are illegal in the Garden State.
Given a key to the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio just two years before, Gooden was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. He faces three to five years behind bars, if convicted.
It’s currently unclear what charges he faces in relation to Monday night’s incident.
Gooden last pitched for the Yankees in 2000. His off-field antics thwarted his Hall of Fame chances, receiving just 3.3% of the vote in 2006.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Luke Kenton