Guilty plea for Ferrari driver who fled police at 100 mph

Guilty plea for Ferrari driver who fled police at 100 mph
Shaun Goodman
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Ferrari driver arrested after a chase through downtown Olympia that police clocked at 100 mph has pleaded guilty to felony eluding a police officer and DUI.

The Olympian reports that Shaun Goodman entered his pleas Friday.

He was arrested on the night of Dec. 29 after he crashed his 2000 Ferrari F360 into a parked car and a home. His blood alcohol measured 0.16, twice the Washington state threshold for drunken driving.

Charging papers say Goodman befriended a bar patron at the Westside Tavern and offered him a ride home. The patron said the ride was more than he bargained for as Goodman allegedly sped away from police at speeds up to 100 miles per hour after they tried stopping him for speeding.

"I jumped out of the car and now I'm calling you guys because I'm scared he might be looking for me," Henry Griffen told the 911 dispatcher. "He smoked them man. I mean he went so fast."

Griffen said he told Goodman he had a son and begged him to stop. He later jumped out when the Ferrari slowed down at an intersection.

After the arrest, Goodman petitioned the court to be allowed to travel to New York City to watch the Super Bowl.

His defense lawyer, Paul Strophy, said his client had "what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see his hometown team play in the Super Bowl." The Olympian reports that Superior Court Judge James Dixon signed an order allowing Goodman to fly out the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday and return the following day.

Under terms of his release on bail, Goodman was already required to wear an electronic monitoring device that measures whether a person has consumed alcohol. He had to wear that to the Super Bowl, too.

Sentencing is set for May 9. Deputy Prosecutor James Powers said he will recommend that Goodman serve one year in jail.