Convicted DUI killer John Goodman, the Wellington polo mogul on house arrest while he appeals his case, tried to use a hand mirror to pry open his ankle monitor, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
It took 35 seconds for authorities to be alerted and Goodman, 49, was taken in custody as he exited the bathroom last night by an off-duty deputy assigned by the court system to be with Goodman 24/7.
Bradshaw said in the wake of the Gossip Extra scoop about the incident that he doesn’t know what Goodman’s intentions were.
Goodman is back behind bars today pending a hearing before Judge Jeffrey Colbath, the judge who presided over his criminal case and allowed Goodman to go home during the appeal.
According to Bradshaw, Goodman was in the his mansion’s upstairs bathroom shortly before midnight when he attempted to pry open the bracelet with a hand mirror. In the process, water seeped into the monitor, causing it to send a signal showing it was being tampered with.
“There’s no doubt he tried to open it,” Bradshaw said.
“The device is encased in plastic and the front of the device was broken.
“These devices are rugged and sophisticated. He did not accidentally bump it up.”
Bradshaw says deputies found scissors but it didn’t appear that Goodman tried to use them.
“In the end of the day, look at what’s going on in America today,” Bradshaw opined.
“You have all these celebrities and rich people who break the law and believe the rules don’t apply to them.
Well, that won’t happen here.”
Goodman is appealing his 16-year sentence for the DUI death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson in 2010.