Dwight Gooden will be jailed without bail until an October hearing, a judge ruled yesterday, four days after the former star pitcher fled police during a DUI traffic stop.
The 40-year-old Gooden, dressed in an orange jail outfit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, appeared in court for the first time since surrendering to police Thursday. He had been missing since speeding away from an officer who stopped him on suspicion of drunken driving early Monday.
State Circuit Judge Nick Nazaretian approved an agreement between prosecutors and Gooden's lead attorney, Peter Hobson, that will allow the former all-star to enter a secured substance abuse treatment facility if a bed becomes available. Gooden also still faces a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident in March.
Nazaretian set an Oct. 25 hearing on the status of the latest charges, which include a felony count of fleeing police and misdemeanor charges of DUI and resisting arrest without violence.
Early Monday, an officer pulled over Gooden's 2004 BMW near downtown Tampa on suspicion of drunken driving. Gooden twice refused to get out of the car for a field sobriety test, then drove away suddenly, police said.
The 1984 rookie of the year and 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner while with the Mets went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA before retiring after the 2000 season. He also pitched for the Yankees, Indians, Astros and Devil Rays.
"He needs to get his life in order," Devil Rays Manager Lou Piniella said before Thursday's game against Cleveland.
-- From News Services