More details are emerging in the case of John Goodman, the Houston-bred air conditioning heir turned Palm Beach polo patron accused of killing a recent college grad in a February drunk driving crash.
According to the reports, Goodman evidently wanted to see to it that what had already been a pretty wild night could get even wilder. A woman has told police that Goodman might have been prowling in search of the devilish dust South Florida is so infamous for when he ran a stop sign and crushed Scott Wilson's Hyundai with his hard-charging Bentley.
Minutes before the 1 a.m. wreck, Goodman settled his check at a polo hangout called the Player's Club. Authorities have released some sworn statements from Cathleen Lewter, a bartender at the Player's Club.
Lewter told a vehicular homicide investigator that Goodman bellied up to the bar and called for ten shots of her best tequila, and said that she also served and watched him drink one vodka tonic. She says she also saw him order other shots, but she isn't sure if he consumed those or gave them away. (Goodman's BAC was measured at .177 over an hour after the fatal crash.)
Our sister paper Broward New Times has more info: Around the time he paid his tab, he ran into a friend named Stacey Shore, who later told investigators that she followed him into the stairway that leads upstairs to the Players Club parking lot, where Goodman had one of those "Seems like a great idea at the time" moments.
New Times Broward:
"Let's go get some cocaine," a drunken, bleary-eyed Goodman suggested. Shore refused, according to her sworn interview with an investigator from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. "I told him to go home," she said.
Goodman's history with cocaine is revealed in his divorce papers, in which his ex-wife Carroll once asked that he be regularly tested for the drug.
After these details emerged, Roy Black, Goodman's Miami attorney, released the following statement:
"The police reports are one-sided and ignore the favorable evidence such as all the witnesses who gave statements that Mr. Goodman was not intoxicated. Mr. Goodman intends to vigorously defend himself against the criminal charges, and he is entitled to his day in court. We ask that the public and the media not rush to judgment until all of the facts are known."
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