You know that arrest former baseball great Dwight Gooden got this week? Turns out it was just before 9 IN THE MORNING and it happened while he was driving his young son to school. In fact, Gooden left the scene (after being recognized by the driver of the other car) to try and get his boy to class on time. Yeah, the cops actually call that leaving the scene of an accident. The fact that his kid was also not buckled up is also going to cause some problems . . . even though they don’t have seat belts on school buses.
Former Mets star Dwight Gooden was arrested Tuesday by the Franklin Lakes police for driving under the influence of drugs after he was involved in a two-car accident about 8:50 a.m. on Old Mill Road. According to the police report, Gooden, who lives in Franklin Lakes, was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance; driving under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance; endangering the welfare of a child; driving while intoxicated, with a child passenger; leaving the scene of an accident; reckless driving; failure to keep right and failure to change his address on his driver’s license.
Gooden, arrested after leaving the scene, had his 5-year-old son, Dylan, unrestrained in his car at the time of the crash in which no one was hurt. The 45-year-old Gooden was released on his own recognizance until a municipal court hearing. The police would not release the type of drug. The driver of the other car, Ronald Schmidt, 71, 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 left the scene to take his son to school, according to Detective Lt. John Bakelaar. Police stopped Gooden a short distance from the site of the accident after someone called 911.
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