A New York Jets player was arrested last night at approximately 3:15 in the morning after his car was spotted stopped in the middle of a highway. Mike Goodson was sitting in a gray GMC Yukon SUV with Tennessee plates when state police arrived on Route 80. A tow truck driver had called the police after seeing the car stopped in the left lane of the highway. Goodson was taken to the hospital in Denville, NJ because he appeared extremely intoxicated. The driver of the vehicle was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Upon searching the car police found a loaded .45 caliber hand gun in the vehicle along with hollow tipped bullets, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Goodson and the driver of the car both denied ownership of the handgun, and police are still searching registration records to determine who owns the weapon. The charges against Goodson include possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun, and possession of hollow tipped ammunition.
Mike Goodson was signed by the Jets this offseason as a running back after spending a few seasons with the Carolina Panthers and the Oakland Raiders. He was drafted by the Panthers in 2009 after playing football at Texas A&M. Though he does not have a prior criminal record, Goodson made a throat slash gesture to the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants in 2009. He was immediately flag and eventually fined $7,500 for the offense.
Police are still unsure why the SUV was sitting in the middle of a highway, but it’s possible that the two men were too intoxicated to drive or perhaps they did not realize they were in the middle of a road. Driving while intoxicated is extremely dangerous and this situation could have easily become deadly.
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