Dwight Gooden arrested in New Jersey on DWI charges

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FILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017 file photo, Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden watches batting practice before inning of a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the Miami Marlins in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been arrested again in New Jersey. Newark police says Gooden was pulled over late Monday night, July 22, 2019 after driving the wrong way down a one-way road and charged with driving while intoxicated. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested again in New Jersey on Monday night, this time on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Gooden was pulled over after driving the wrong way down a one-way road, Newark police said. It was the second time he has been arrested in as many months.

Gooden, 54, was charged with drug possession charges after two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in his car during a traffic stop in Holmdel last month.

In a text message to Newsday on Tuesday, Gooden thanked everyone for their support “in this horrible struggle.”

“My apologies to everyone I let down or disappointed. …I have no excuse for my action so I am going away for a while to try and save my life.” Gooden said. “This is the worst I’ve ever been through all my struggles. But I am going to keep fighting no matter how embarrassing, shameful or selfish I am feeling.”

Gooden’s attorney, William Petrillo, declined to comment to Newsday. After the June arrest, Petrillo asked the public to “reserve judgment.”

He said that the former player “is a kind man with a generous heart, who continually volunteers his time doing charitable work. He is loved by many and has the full support of family and friends.”

Gooden won the National League Cy Young Award with the Mets in 1985 and was a member of the Mets 1986 World Series championship team. He also played for the New York Yankees.

He was suspended from baseball for part of the 1994 season and all of the 1995 season after testing positive for cocaine.

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