Drunken Ferrari driver gets 1-year sentence

jpawloski@theolympian.comMay 11, 2014 

A man who led police on a high-speed chase through downtown Olympia in his Ferrari last year was sentenced Friday to one year of work release from the Thurston County Jail.

Shaun Goodman had earlier pleaded guilty to felony eluding a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Goodman’s attorney, Paul Strophy, and deputy prosecuting attorney James Powers jointly recommended that Goodman serve a year of work release from the Thurston County Jail so he can maintain employment and run his business while he serves his sentence.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller agreed to impose the joint recommendation, but said it’s high time that Goodman learn to stop drinking and driving. She noted that he has six prior DUI arrests.

“The community’s lucky that you’ve never killed anyone,” Schaller said. “You need to start figuring this out.”

Police arrested Goodman the night of Dec. 29 after he crashed his 2000 Ferrari F360 into a parked car and a home at the intersection of Legion Way and Lybarger Street Southeast.

Olympia police arrested Goodman at gunpoint when the disabled Ferrari gave out in the parking lot of the Risen Faith Fellowship Church, according to police reports. He registered a blood alcohol content of 0.16, twice the threshold for drunken driving.

The police chase began about 11 p.m. on Olympia’s west side after an officer noticed the Ferrari driving about 50 miles per hour on Harrison Avenue Southwest. A terrified passenger who had accepted a ride from Goodman at a local tavern begged to be let out of the Ferrari after Goodman failed to stop for police and instead tried to outrun them.

Goodman apologized in hushed tones during Friday’s sentencing hearing. He including the Olympia Police Department in his apology.

“I’d like to say that I’m sorry to everyone affected by my choice,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my actions.”

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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