TAMPA, Fla. -- Dwight Gooden spent the night in county jail
after finally surrendering to police, three days after the former
baseball star fled from authorities during a DUI traffic stop.
Gooden, who has a history of substance abuse problems, was held
without bond Thursday night after he turned himself in, police
spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. Gooden was scheduled to appear in
court Friday morning for a hearing to revoke his bond on a March
domestic violence charge.
The former All-Star pitcher's surrender came after his attorney,
Peter Hobson, contacted the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office and made
arrangements, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Hobson was
contacted by police the day before about setting up a possible
"We're relieved that he has come forward, and this may be the
first step toward him getting the help he needs," 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. Gooden twice refused to get out of the car for a field
sobriety test, then drove away suddenly, police said.
Gooden was booked on a felony charge of fleeing police, and
misdemeanor charges of DUI and resisting arrest without violence.
Hobson did not return a call seeking comment.
The 1984 Rookie of the Year and 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner
while with the New York Mets went 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA before
retiring in 2001. He also pitched for the Yankees, Cleveland
Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
"He needs to get his life in order," Devil Rays manager Lou
Piniella said before Thursday's game against Cleveland. "He's a
good young man. He just needs to get his priorities straight. He's
got a long life ahead of him and a lot of people that care about
him. The only problem is he's got to help himself."
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