More Details Released on Local Man Arrested During Traffic Stop

| February 6, 2024

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – New information has surfaced regarding what led to criminal charges against a local man who was arrested during a traffic stop

Court documents show that Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 44-year-old Michael Goodman, of Franklin, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

According to a criminal complaint, Trooper Dennis Lindenberg conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet Equinox around 12:19 a.m. on Friday, January 26, for multiple traffic in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County.

Tpr. Lindenberg observed the SUV travel across the double yellow lines multiple times. The SUV continued northbound and stopped completely beyond the stop sign at the intersection of Patchel Run Road and Meadville Pike, the complaint states.

The SUV made a right-hand turn onto Vincent Road as Tpr. Lindenberg activated the emergency lights on the patrol unit and initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the operator, Tpr. Lindenberg noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. It was also noted that Goodman’s eyes were red and glossy, the complaint indicates.

Goodman was asked for his driver’s license, registration, and insurance. At that point, Goodman informed Tpr. Lindenberg that he “had rights,” and wanted to know why he was pulled over. Tpr. Lindenberg told him why he was pulled over, and Goodman began to state that he was “not allowed” to pull him over because he made two turns. Tpr. Lindenberg again asked Goodman to retrieve his information before he “fumbled” around looking for the requested items, according to the complaint.

Tpr. Lindenberg asked Goodman if he had anything to drink, and he related that he had “a couple.” He then stated that his insurance was on his phone and he proceeded to “fumble around searching his phone” for it, the complaint notes.

Tpr. Lindenberg then asked Goodman to just give his driver’s license and registration, and then Goodman handed only his registration. Tpr. Lindenberg again asked Goodman to hand over his driver’s license, to which he once more replied that he “had rights,” the complaint states.

Goodman was then asked to exit the vehicle, at which point he again informed that he had rights. Goodman then placed his phone on the passenger side seat with his right hand and grabbed the steering wheel with his left hand. He then moved his right hand towards the vehicle’s ignition. At this time, Tpr. Lindenberg opened the car door and told Goodman to get out of the vehicle. Goodman then clenched onto the steering wheel with both hands before he was physically removed from the vehicle, taken to the ground, and placed in handcuffs, the complaint indicates.

Goodman was transported from the scene to UPMC Northwest, where he refused to submit a legal blood draw while at the hospital he was medically evaluated and released. During transport, Goodman related multiple times that he had been going through some difficult times and just went to a friend’s to have a few beers, the complaint notes.

He was arraigned at 11:05 a.m. on January 27, on the following charges in front of Judge Fish:

  • Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce, Felony 3
  • DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off, Felony 3
  • Drg Lic Sus/Rev Purs to Sec 3802/1547B1, Summary
  • Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Summary
  • Duties At Stop Sign, Summary
  • Identification Card, Summary
  • Fail to use safety belt – driver and front seat occupant, Summary
  • Obstruct Admin Law/Other Govt Func, Misdemeanor 2

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Prison.

The above charges were held for court during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, January 31, with Judge Fish presiding.

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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group, who is based out of Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 6 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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