Protesters gathered at the Thurston County courthouse to voice their anger over a drunk driver not receiving jail time for his offense.
About 25 people were involved in the protest outside the courthouse. Many of them believe the drunk-driving defendant, Shaun Goodman, who pleaded guilty to DUI and felony eluding, did not receive jail time because he is wealthy.
“It’s not fair that there’s a two-tiered legal system, one for those with money and another for those without,” Sam Miller, one of the organizers of the protest said to The Seattle Times.
Goodman was arrested the night of December 29, 2013 after leading police on a car chase with speeds up to 100mph before crashing his 2000 Ferrari F360 into a parked car and a home.
It was his seventh DUI arrest.
Goodman’s blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest was 0.16, twice the Washington state limit for drunk driving, reports KOMO News.
Special treatment Goodman received while awaiting sentencing included granting him permission to travel to New York City so he could attend the Super Bowl.
Henry Griffin, a passenger in the car during Goodman’s drunk car chase who jumped out at an intersection, attended the protest and spoke about the frightening car ride in December.
“I thought I was going to die, 100 percent,” Griffin said.
Griffin believes Goodman should have received a harsher sentence that included jail time.
The sentence handed down by the judge to Goodman was a year of work release. Goodman will be allowed to go to work during the day but must return at night to sleep at the Thurston County Jail.
"And the judge has said at some point that he's an important businessman in the community, and it wouldn't be fair for him (and) his employees would suffer if he went to real jail. And my question is - what about the people that might suffer if he kills somebody?” said Miller.