A circuit court judge is studying proposed changes that coul
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A circuit court judge is studying proposed changes that could make stricter New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden’s probation on charges stemming from an altercation with Tampa police.
Gooden, who pleaded no contest to charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence, was sentenced in January to three years probation. The charges were filed against Gooden, 22, after he and four companions fought with Tampa police officers last December.
A review of Gooden’s probation was initiated last week after the Mets revealed Gooden had tested positive for cocaine use in a drug test administered by the team.
The star pitcher entered the Smithers Alcoholism and Treatment Center in New York for evaluation and treatment last week rather than face suspension by major league baseball.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge John P. Griffin, who has the power to revoke probation and send Gooden to jail for five years, is scheduled to review the case Thursday.
Probation officials don’t expect the judge to order the Mets pitcher to jail. They do, however, expect stricter conditions for his probation.
″We’re going to recommend that he successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program and that he submit to a urinalysis ... whenever we request one,″ said Erio Alvarez, senior circuit administrator for Florida’s Probation and Parole Services.
Charles W. Ehrlich, Gooden’s attorney, filed a proposed order in court to change Gooden’s probation to include conditions that he complete a drug rehabilitation program and undergo random drug testing at the discretion of his probation officer.
Gooden and four companions were arrested in December after fighting with police officers who stopped his car for a possible traffic violation.