Dwight Gooden arrested, charged with cocaine possession, report says

Gooden, the Mets' 1985 Cy Young Award victor, has a long history with cocaine addiction.

Prosecutor's spokesperson Christopher Swendemen told the Post that Gooden was pulled over for driving too slow on a highway and failing to maintain his lane and having overly tinted windows. After pulling Gooden over for allegedly driving erratically, police discovered "two, small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine".

The pitcher was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled unsafe substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence, per the Post. However, Gooden was suspended for the entire 1995 season after failing another test.

The star righty, now 54, was sent to rehab after testing positive for cocaine in 1987, months after the Mets won the World Series.

The four-time All-Star's history with drugs has been well documented, although he told the Post in 2016 that he had been completely sober following a rehab stint four years earlier.

Four years later he was arrested in 2010 after crashing his auto while under the influence with his 5-year-old son in the vehicle.

More recently, Gooden spent eight months in jail in 2006 after showing up to a meeting with his probation officer under the influence of cocaine. He had also been arrested in 2005 for hitting his girlfriend and then left his front-office position with the Yankees.

Gooden's problems with the law date back to the Mets 1986 championship year, when he was arrested after an altercation with police.

The uncle of retired Major League slugger Gary Sheffield, Gooden retired with a 194-112 record and a 3.51 earned-run average over his 16 Major League seasons.

Along with the Yankees and Mets, Gooden played for the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Along with his Cy Young award, he was Rookie-of-the-Year in 1984 and four-time All-Star.

Gooden also threw a no-hitter on May 14, 1996 when the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 2-0.

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