Florida Polo Tycoon Found Guilty of DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 in DUI/DWI, Legislation, National Issues

Multi-millionaire founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, John Goodman, was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide on Friday by a Florida jury.

Goodman’s Bentley slammed into Scott Wilson’s Hyundai and sent it into a nearby canal in Wellington, Fla., in February 2010. Wilson, a 23-year-old engineering graduate, was still strapped into the driver’s seat and drowned.

The polo tycoon claims his car “malfunctioned” and lurched forward. He has also denied being drunk at the time of the crash that killed Wilson, although other testimony has contradicted him. His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit (over 0.17) THREE hours after the crash. Goodman said he “wandered into a nearby building” after the crash because he was dazed. According to his side of the story, he found a bottle of liquor there and proceeded to drink to “relieve the pain” from the crash.

A juror said Goodman’s testimony was “pitiful.” The juror says he plans to write a book about the ordeal.

When sentenced on April 30, Goodman could serve as much as 30 years in prison. You can watch a video of his testimony here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/polo-tycoon-john-goodman-guilty-dui-manslaughter-vehicular/story?id=15985843#.T3CTSWJSTzc

Please, don’t drink and drive. But if you are charged with a DUI, call Bloom Legal immediately at 504-599-9997 for a case evaluation.

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