Dwight Gooden Arrested in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Dwight Gooden has been arrested for driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop.
The 38-year-old Gooden was arrested late Friday after a sheriff’s deputy noticed the former pitcher’s car failing to stay in a lane on Interstate 275, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s officials said in a taped telephone recording.
Gooden was charged with knowingly driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor. He was processed and taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. A jail official said Saturday he did not know Gooden’s whereabouts, saying there was no listing for him.
A sheriff’s spokesman said in the recording that Gooden was cooperative during the arrest and ``there was no evidence to suggest that he was driving under the influence of anything, so there will be no charge for DUI.″
A Hillsborough Sheriff’s spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday. Gooden’s lawyer, Joseph Ficarrotta, did not return a phone call to his office Saturday.
Gooden pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving in June. A judge placed the former All-Star on probation, ordered him to complete DUI school and perform 21 hours of community service.
The plea stemmed from a Feb. 20 arrest when Tampa police said they saw Gooden’s car swerving on an expressway and later found an open beer bottle in the automobile. Gooden was charged with intoxication, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
Gooden pitched 16 seasons for the New York Mets, Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays before retiring in March 2001 with a career record of 194-112 and a 3.51 ERA.
He became the youngest Cy Young Award winner in 1985 at age 20, pitching for a World Series championship team a year later.