A Joplin man pleaded guilty to a DWI felony involving serious bodily injury and was sentenced to 5 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Read the Newton County Attorney’s full press release below:
Joshua Nathan Goodhue, 46, was sentenced by 40th Judicial Circuit Judge Kevin Selby on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, on the sole count of impaired driving, a second count of assault was dismissed.
On December 20, 2020, Joplin Police responded to a single vehicle accident on the South Range Line near the intersection of 43rd Street. At the scene, police located the suspect, Goodhue, who smelled strongly of intoxicants and appeared unable to walk. Goodhue refused all field sobriety tests and a breath analysis.
During the investigation, Goodhue slapped the arresting officer’s hands as the officer attempted to help Goodhue up after his fall. The passenger in the vehicle suffered internal bleeding and appeared to have broken bones. An independent witness told police she saw the vehicle traveling on Range Line at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.
“Each year, thousands of lives are cut short by alcohol-impaired drivers. The victim in this case was lucky to survive this accident, as was Mr. Goodhue,” Newton County District Attorney William Lynch said. “We will continue to strive to hold impaired drivers accountable with the goal of eradicating impaired driving one day.”
This case was investigated by the Joplin Police Department and prosecuted by William Lynch and Sarah Crites of the Newton County District Attorney’s Office.