DENVILLE - New York Jets running back Mike Goodson and another man were found asleep in a car in the middle lane of Route 80 in Denville early Friday morning.
The man who found the men spoke only to News 12 New Jersey.
The pair were taken into custody on drug possession and weapons charges.
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A tow truck driver, who does not want to be identified because of the gun charges involved in the case, says Goodson looked like he had been throwing up when he approached the white GMC Tahoe early Friday morning.
State police officials say Goodson, in the passenger seat, and his companion, identified as Garant Evans, 31, were found intoxicated in the vehicle.
Goodson was being taken to a hospital when authorities discovered marijuana in his possession. Officers searching the SUV also found a .45-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.
Evans, of Roselle, is already a convicted felon and now is also charged with DWI.
The driver says the man were so intoxicated that they were unable to move the SUV from the travel lanes when asked by police.
Both men were evaluated at a local hospital, released to state police custody and transported to the Netcong barracks.
Goodson played three seasons for Carolina and one for Oakland before the Jets signed him to a three-year deal in the offseason. The Jets say they are aware of the arrest and are investigating the incident.