Gooden pleads guilty

The former Yankees pitcher was sentenced to three years probation for eluding police and reckless driving.

Published November 3, 2005

Former baseball star Dwight Gooden admitted in a plea agreement today to fleeing and eluding police, opposing an officer without violence and reckless driving. Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente sentenced him to three years of probation and community service.

The charges stem from an August incident in which Gooden, 41, fled as a Tampa police officer stopped him for driving erratically. He turned himself in Aug. 25 after three days as a fugitive.

Gooden was also sentenced to time served for a misdemeanor domestic violence battery charge.