On the cold February morning when horse trainer Lisa Pembleton woke to find a tequila-breathed, disheveled man in her camper asking for help, she was in for plenty of surprises.
Pembleton, 26, soon learned that the man, multimillionaire polo mogul John Goodman, had been in a serious car crash near the farm where she was staying in Wellington.
Goodman borrowed Pembleton's cell phone and used it to call his girlfriend, telling her that "he had really f----d up.".
He asked Pembleton if he sounded drunk. He hesitated to call 9-1-1 because "he did not want to get into trouble," Pembleton later wrote.
And then, just as he was getting ready to leave, Goodman pulled out a wad of cash and tried
to pay Pembleton for her help.
"I don't need your money," she told him, according to her sworn interview with a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy. So Goodman stuffed the cash back in his pocket.
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"Did you think it was odd that he had offered you money?" the deputy later asked Pembleton.
"I did," she said. "Because I was just giving him a phone and gave him water."
But Goodman was a trust fund heir, and a highly successful polo patron with 200 employees at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. He gave money to charity, he bought $200 rounds of drinks for friends at the bar. He was accustomed to paying people for everything.
Now, he'd allegedly caused a drunken car crashed that killed a 23-year-old recent college grad. Pembleton was the only post-accident witness. Is it any wonder that he offered her cash?