Dwight Gooden has had his share of off-field incidents during his career and post-career. And let’s add another cocaine possession arrest on the list.
The retired pitcher, best known as “Doc,” was arrested June 7 by Holmdel police, who pulled him over just before 1 a.m. and allegedly found him with “two small green zip-lock style plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Gooden was pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway, failing to maintain the lane and for having overly tinted windows, which are illegal in the Garden State, prosecutor’s spokesman Christopher Swendeman said.
He was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence at the time, the complaint obtained by The Post on Friday shows.
He also was ticketed for driving under the influence, which is a municipal offense.
This arrest is just the latest in Gooden’s public and lengthy battle with cocaine addiction which has over shadowed his storied career. He was sentenced most famously to rehab in 1987 months after The Mets won The World Series. And in 1995 he was suspended the whole season for failing yet another drug test.