Doc Gooden arrested for cocaine possession, DUI
Former MLB pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden has been struggling with drug use for the past several years, and it does not appear that he has the problem under control.
Lia Eustachewich of the New York Post reports that Gooden was arrested last month in New Jersey for possession of cocaine and driving while under the influence. Police say he was pulled over just before 1 a.m. on June 7 for driving too slowly on a highway, failing to maintain the lane, and for having overly tinted windows. Officers discovered “two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine” during a search.
According to the complaint, Gooden was formally charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while under the influence.
Gooden’s problems with cocaine use date back to his playing days. He was suspended multiple times for failing drug tests and was sent to rehab by the New York Mets just months after they won the 1987 World Series. Friends said a few years back that they feared Gooden’s cocaine addiction might cost him his life.