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Former MLB pitcher Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of drugs.

Former MLB pitcher Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of drugs. He and an unnamed child were involved in a two-vehicle accident at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to Franklin Lakes, New Jersey police Capt. Joseph Seltenrich.

Gooden, 45, charged with eight counts, including child endangerment, was released on his own recognizance pending a municipal court hearing. This is his fifth arrest since 2002 – see mugshots below. The athlete has reportedly waged a long battle with alcohol and drugs, including cocaine.

The other driver, Phil Schmidt of Franklin Lakes, recognized Gooden immediately. He said, “I looked at him, and I knew it was Dwight Gooden. I think he was surprised I recognized him, and he shook my hand.”

The complete list of charges are as follows: under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, endangering the welfare of a child, driving while under the influence of drugs, DWI with a child passenger, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, reckless driving, failure to keep right, and failure to notify change of address regarding drivers license. Arresting and investigating officers were Jon Rynander and Robert Lyon.

The talented former New York Mets player led his team to a World Series title in 1986. He won 194 games in his 17-year career, which included a no-hitter for the New York Yankees in 1996. Besides the two New York teams, he also pitched for Cleveland, Houston and Tampa Bay.

Gooden retired in 2001 and has entered drug rehab facilities multiple times in the past decade.

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