August 26, 2005

Former Mets pitcher Gooden to remain in jail

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Former All-Star pitcher Dwight
Gooden was ordered held without bail on charges he fled from
police when asked to take a sobriety test, a Florida judge
ruled Friday.

Tampa police said they stopped Gooden on Monday because he
was driving erratically. When asked to take a sobriety test,
Gooden refused and drove away, police said.

The former New York Mets pitcher surrendered to police on
Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued.

Gooden, 40, appeared in Hillsborough County Court Friday
and was ordered held on charges of driving under the influence,
fleeing from police and resisting arrest without violence.

He had been free on bond since March when he was arrested
on a domestic violence charge.

Pam Bondi, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough State
Attorney's office, said if Gooden is accepted into a substance
abuse treatment program, he will be allowed to attend wearing
an electronic monitor.

His next court appearance is a status hearing set for
October 25.

Gooden entered the big leagues at the age of 19 and made an
immediate impact, winning 17 games and being named the 1984
Rookie of the Year. The following year, he went 24-4 and won
the Cy Young award as the National League's best pitcher.

He was suspended for the 1995 season because of drug use.
He joined the New York Yankees in 1996 and also pitched for
Cleveland, Houston, Tampa Bay and the Yankees again before
retiring in 2001.

Gooden, who was 194-112 with a 3.51 ERA during a 16-year
career, had been working for the Yankees at their Tampa
training camp, but quit in April.