Retired all-star pitcher Dwight Gooden pleaded not guilty Monday to endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car during a May car crash.
Gooden entered his plea at an arraignment in New Jersey's Bergen County Superior Court, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The former Mets pitcher with a history of drug abuse was arrested May 23 after a two-vehicle crash in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Gooden, 45, lives in Franklin Lakes, authorities said.
At the time, Detective Lt. John Bakelaar told CNN that the child in the car was Gooden's 5-year-old son.
Gooden is scheduled to be back in court November 8 for a status conference.
Gooden pitched for the Mets from 1984 to 1994, winning the 1985 Cy Young Award after a 24-4 record that year. He also pitched for the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before retiring from baseball after the 2000 season.