Former star RHP Dwight Gooden turned himself in at a county jail yesterday in Tampa, three days after police said he fled a DUI traffic stop.
Gooden, 40, showed up at the jail warrants facility about 5 p.m., police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. He had been missing since early Monday, when an officer pulled over his 2004 BMW near downtown Tampa on suspicion of drunken driving.
He twice refused to get out of the car for a field sobriety test, then drove away suddenly, police said. Gooden, who has a history of substance abuse and currently has a domestic violence charge pending in the court, was booked on a felony charge of fleeing police, and misdemeanor charges of DUI and resisting arrest without violence.
He was being held without bond last night. McElroy said Gooden is scheduled to appear in court today for a hearing to revoke his bond on the March domestic violence charge.
"We're relieved that he has come forward, and this may be the first step toward him getting the help he needs," McElroy said.
Devil Rays Manager Lou Piniella said Gooden's situation is sad.
"He needs to get his life in order," Piniella said before yesterday's game against Cleveland. "He's a good young man. He just needs to get his priorities straight."
The 1984 rookie of the year and the 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner while with the New York Mets, Gooden went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA before retiring in 2001. He also pitched for the Yankees, Indians, Houston Astros and Devil Rays.
Gooden was arrested by Tampa police in 2002 on a drunken driving charge, but later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received a year probation. He was arrested in March and charged with hitting his live-in girlfriend in the face during an argument.
During his playing days, Gooden was suspended for 60 days in 1994 for testing positive for cocaine while with the Mets. He tested positive for cocaine again while on suspension and was sidelined for the 1995 season.
He recently worked for the Yankees as a special adviser but quit in April.
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