John Goodman takes stand in own defense

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - In a surprise move, defense attorneys have called millionaire John Goodman to testify in his defense in his DUI manslaughter trial.

Goodman -- who is the founder of International Polo Club Palm Beach -- is accused of driving drunk and causing a car crash that killed 23-year old Scott Wilson two years ago.

Legal analysts had not expected defense attorneys Roy Black, Mark Shapiro and Joshua Dubin to call Goodman to the stand and subject him to intense cross examination by prosecutors.

Goodman testified that he was not drunk or impaired when he left the Players Club.  

He said he planned to go to Wendy's to get a Frosty.

"I was traveling down Lake Worth Road and I began to, apply my brakes, and the car did not seem to be stopping as easily as I was used to and so I continued to apply the brakes and I came, you know I slowed before the stop sign, well before the stop sign, and I took my foot of the brake. Um, that's the last thing I remember," Goodman testified.

After the crash Goodman said he didn't know where he was or realize how close he was to a canal.

The trial is currently in a recess for lunch. Goodman is expected back on the stand in the afternoon.

Earlier today, Luka Serdar, an automotive expert, testified that Goodman's vehicle malfunctioned the night of the February 12, 2010, auto accident that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson.

Yesterday, defense attorneys surprised prosecutors and Colbath when they said they would not call a toxicologist to refute testimony given by Tate Yeatman, a toxicology manager at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Prosecutors contended that Goodman was drunk the night of the accident and left the scene of the crash.

Closing arguments were expected to begin Thursday morning.

Jury deliberations could begin as early as Thursday afternoon.