A pending felony for an alleged drunken 100 mile per hour police chase through downtown Olympia in a Ferrari is not going to stop Shaun Goodman from going to the Super Bowl.
On Thursday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon signed an order allowing Goodman, 42, to fly out the Super Bowl in New Jersey on Friday, and return home on Monday. He will stay at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New York City during his stay.
A petition filed by Goodman's attorney, Paul Strophy, to allow Goodman to go watch the Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos Sunday reads: "Defendant has what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see his hometown team play in the Super Bowl."
Olympia police arrested Goodman on 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 SE, according to a police report.
Officers apprehended Goodman at gunpoint when the disabled high-performance sports car gave out in the parking lot of the Risen Faith Fellowship Church, court papers state. Goodman registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16, twice the legal limit for drunken driving, when he took a Breathalyzer test after his arrest, a police report states.
The chase began about 11 p.m. on Olympia's west side after an Olympia officer noticed the Ferrari driving about 50 miles per hour on Harrison Avenue SW.
A terrified passenger who 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, a police report states.
The passenger later jumped from the moving vehicle after it slowed through downtown Olympia.
Goodman, who is a local business owner, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony eluding a police officer and misdemeanor charges of DUI and hit-and-run.
As a condition of being allowed to attend the Super Bowl on Sunday, the judge has required that Goodman must wear a "SCRAM" bracelet at all times, Strophy said. The bracelet is an electronic monitoring device that measures whether a person has consumed alcohol through the perspiration in his or her pores.
Goodman was already required to wear a SCRAM bracelet as a condition of his release after posting $75,000 bail. A SCRAM bracelet is worn around a lower-leg or ankle, and Goodman is not allowed to take it off under any circumstances.
It remains to be seen whether Goodman will be able to get through airport security without removing his SCRAM ankle bracelet, or for that matter, Super Bowl security at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey.
Strophy said it is not uncommon for a judge to allow a defendant to leave the state while a case is pending, provided that community safety, and a suspect's next court appearance can be ensured.
"I asked permission for my client from the court for my defendant to be able to travel to New Jersey for the Super Bowl," Strophy said. "It is common for judges to allow defendants to travel out of state when they are low risk to the community, and when are necessary precautions taken to make sure that there is low risk to community safety."
Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney James Powers, who did not oppose Goodman's Super Bowl trip, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Toynbee said Thursday he was aware of the order authorizing Goodman to attend the Super Bowl. He said he is confident community safety will not be put at risk by Goodman's trip.
"I'm just glad he's not driving to the Super Bowl," he said.
Strophy said Goodman is not allowed to drive as a condition of his release, and he will be taking cabs during his Super Bowl trip.
Olympia Police Sgt. Aaron Jelcick, along with OPD spokeswoman Laura Wohl, declined to comment on Goodman's trip to the Super Bowl.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 email@example.com