Protestors claim drunk driver getting special treatment
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Demonstrators say a Ferrari-driving drunk is getting special treatment because he's rich. Friday, they marched on the Thurston County courthouse in protest of Shaun Goodman's sentence of work release.
The protestors believe that justice has not been served in Goodman's case. He pleaded guilty to driving drunk in his Ferrari at 100 mph through downtown Olympia, hitting two cars and a home with police in hot pursuit.
Henry Griffin was in the car and regrets that he accepted a ride from a tavern with Goodman.
"I've never felt the actual feeling of 'hey you're probably going to die,' " Griffin said.
Griffin bailed out of the car and is still injured. He is joining in the protest believing Goodman's standing in the community got him off easy with work release.
"There are people who are less fortunate that get the shaft more, you know what I mean?" Griffin said. "I just think that that's wrong."
After the Ferrari-driving incident, Goodman made headlines again when he was allowed to leave the state to go to the Super Bowl.
"I think anyone who's extremely wealthy might be getting away with something when they're dealing with the legal system," said protest organizer Sam Miller.
But the prosecutor's office says work release means Goodman will still be housed in a jail cell at night and on weekends for a year. And his economic status had nothing to do with the decision.
"No not at all," said deputy prosecutor Jim Powers. "In fact, he was given the maximum sentence for DUI. It's 364 days in jail. Couldn't give any more than that."
Plus the prosecutor believes Goodman will be less of a threat to society when he gets out if he keeps his job owning a small communications company.
"Kind of an incentive for him to adopt a stable and sober lifestyle at that point," Powers said.
But demonstrators say Goodman has had his chance with 7 prior DUIs. They want him to pay even though he'll be receiving treatment in jail.
"I think treatment is great for alcoholics, but I think there also needs to be a measure of punishment as well," Miller said.
Even though Goodman has been sentenced, he hasn't begun serving it yet. He has until the end of the month to start, but we're told he's going to begin serving work release on Monday.