Oft-troubled Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident.
The former pitcher for the New York Mets and New York Yankees had a child in his vehicle at the time of the two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Franklin Lakes (N.J.) police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich said.
Police wouldn’t say whose child it was, but they said no one was hurt.
Gooden also was charged with child endangerment and motor vehicle violations, authorities said. They wouldn’t release details, including the type of drugs.
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Gooden, 45, was released on his own recognizance until a municipal court hearing. It was unclear whether Gooden, who has waged a well-publicized battle with alcohol and drugs, including cocaine, had an attorney.
The driver of the other car, Ronald Schmidt, of Franklin Lakes, said he recognized Gooden right away.
“I looked at him, and I knew it was Dwight Gooden,” Schmidt told WABC-TV in New York. “I think he was surprised I recognized him, (and) he shook my hand.”
Gooden, nicknamed Doc and Dr. K because of his phenomenal strikeout numbers early in his career, won the 1985 National League Cy Young Award. He also helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986 and an NL East crown in ’88, and was a member of the championship Yankees teams of 1996 and 2000.
Mets spokesman Jay Horowitz said the team “was aware of the situation,” but he declined to comment further.
Royals’ top prospect quits
The Kansas City Royals say left-handed pitching prospect Danny Duffy has left baseball.
The Royals said Duffy, 21, left camp in Surprise, Ariz., late Tuesday after telling the club that he wanted to reassess his priorities.
J.J. Picollo, Royals assistant general manager, said in a statement that the team would be willing to discuss Duffy’s return if he decides to come back.
Duffy went 19-10 with a 2.49 ERA in 52 minor league games since he was drafted in 2007.
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