INTERNATIONAL POLO’S JOHN GOODMAN BACK IN JAIL
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Oct. 11-John Goodman, whose International Polo Club was the main sponsor of the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach, was back in jail Thursday after he allegedly tampered with his electronic ankle bracelet while under house arrest awaiting an appeal against a 16-year prison sentence for driving under the influence manslaughter.
The 49-year-old founder of IPC Palm Beach, which is the ticket sales agent for the 2013 WDM event, was reported by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to have been taken to jail Wednesday night after he smashed and tried to short out the electronic monitor.
A court hearing has been set for Friday morning to determine whether to end custody in his multimillion dollar estate in Wellington that was permitted on $7 million bail while awaiting an appeal against his sentence.
He was required to pay for round-the-clock guards in addition to the ankle bracelet that was monitored electronically.
According to the sheriff’s office, he smashed open the device while in the shower apparently hoping the water would disable the signal. A pair of scissors were also found in the shower that sheriff’s deputies speculated may have been to cut the strap holding the ankle monitor. The ankle monitor was attached in May when the court allowed him to remain in his home on the 160-acre (65Ha) IPC grounds while awaiting hearing of his appeal.
Prosecutors said they will ask Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath to revoke bond.
If bail is revoked, he will go to a Florida jail to serve the 16-year sentence imposed when he was found guilty in March of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, an engineering school graduate drowned in a Feb. 12, 2010 crash after John Goodman’s Bentley plowed into his Hyundai and sent it into a canal.