Saxtons River Man Jailed After Arrest by Wardens
Posted on 06/23/2015
Media Contacts: Chief Warden Jason Batchelder 802-828-1529

Saxtons River Man Jailed After Arrest by Wardens

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – A Saxtons River man was sentenced to serve 90 days to three years in jail on May 4 in Brattleboro Superior Court after being arrested by a Vermont state game warden and convicted of several charges.

Ryan Goodrich, 30, pleaded guilty to spotting and locating wild animals, two counts of driving under the influence, attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting arrest, violating conditions of release, credit card fraud, and possession of stolen property.

Last November 1, Warden David Taddei observed Goodrich shining a spotlight in a field and woods in Rockingham at about 11:30 p.m. and attempted to pull him over, but Goodrich fled and a brief high speed chase ensued. After being stopped, Goodrich was found to be intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended, and he had a loaded muzzleloader in the vehicle.

Less than three weeks later Goodrich missed his court date at the Brattleboro Superior Court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On November 20, Warden Taddei and Trooper Mike Sorensen pulled Goodrich over in Saxtons River. He resisted the officers when they attempted to take him into custody and was found to be intoxicated again, resulting in a second charge of DUI.

Goodrich was arrested once more on April 12, for violating his conditions of release when he was found to have been drinking alcoholic beverages. Goodrich also had an unrelated case involving credit card fraud and possession of stolen property that he pled guilty to.

In addition to the jail time, Goodrich will forfeit his right to hunt, fish and trap for three years in Vermont and 43 other states and have to attend a remedial ethics course to be eligible to obtain licenses in the future.

Mr. Goodrich began serving his sentence on May 29 at the Springfield Correctional Facility.

If you have information about fish or wildlife violations, you can contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378) or online. Rewards are paid for information leading to an arrest. You can also contact your warden through the local state police barracks.