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Gooden surrenders after three days

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. – Former baseball star Dwight Gooden turned himself in at a county jail Thursday, three days after police said he fled a DUI traffic stop.

Gooden, 40, showed up at the jail warrants facility about 5 p.m., police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. He had been missing since early Monday, when an officer pulled over his 2004 BMW near downtown Tampa on suspicion of drunken driving.

He twice refused to get out of the car for a field sobriety test, then drove away suddenly, police said.

Gooden, who has a history of substance abuse and has a domestic violence charge pending, was booked on a felony charge of fleeing police, and misdemeanor charges of DUI and resisting arrest without violence.

He was being held without bond Thursday night. McElroy said Gooden is scheduled to appear in court this morning for a hearing to revoke his bond on the March domestic violence charge.

“We’re relieved that he has come forward, and this may be the first step toward him getting the help he needs,” McElroy said.

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