Former baseball star Dwight Gooden was being sought by police Tuesday on a felony warrant after he allegedly drove away from an officer who stopped him on suspicion of drunken driving.
Gooden, 41, left the scene of the traffic stop early Monday after refusing to get out of his 2004 BMW to take a field sobriety test, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.
The officer stopped Gooden’s car because he was weaving in traffic near downtown Tampa, McElroy said. Gooden, a Tampa native and resident, has a history of drug abuse and is awaiting trial on a domestic violence charge.
“The officer pulls over the car and immediately notices that the driver is under the influence,” she said. “He has bloodshot, glassy eyes, his speech was slurred and he has a strong odor of alcohol.”
Gooden handed the officer his driver’s license but refused two requests to get out of the car, McElroy said. He then drove off with the officer still holding his license.