Archive for Thursday, February 21, 2002

Ex-Yankee Gooden arrested

Retired pitcher refuses to take breath test in DUI case

February 21, 2002

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— Dwight Gooden was arrested on drunken driving charges and released from jail Wednesday.

Police said the 37-year-old retired pitcher was charged with intoxication, having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and driving with a suspended license. He was released from Hillsborough County Jail on $500 bond.

Gooden, who was involved in a scuffle with Tampa Police after a traffic stop in 1986, was cooperative when arrested this time, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said.

Officers noticed Gooden's 2002 Cadillac Escalade weaving about 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, according to the police report. He refused to take breath or urine tests, police said.

Gooden, alone in the car, was stopped after an officer transporting a prisoner on the expressway spotted him swerving, Durkin said.

When officers stopped him, they spotted an open bottle of Michelob Light in the car. Gooden told the officers he was on his way to pick up his son. Gooden also was driving with a suspended license because he had not paid a traffic fine.

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