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Woman pleads no contest in anti-police tirade

Jessica Cuffman • Dec 15, 2012 at 5:10 AM

A Sandusky woman has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from her spirited, profanity-laced tirade against a police officer earlier this year.

Shawna Goode, 32, was fully prepared to take her case to trial in Sandusky Municipal Court Friday, until city prosecutor Lynne Gast-King offered a deal.

"I know they didn't expect me to go to trial at all," she said. "But I wasn't just going to take a charge."

Gaye Harris Miles was the visiting the judge.

After about 30 minutes of discussion with Gast-King, however, Goode agreed to plead no contest in exchange for diversion.

End result: As long as she stays out of trouble, Goode's case will be dismissed and her record will be expunged.

"When I found out I could get it completely off my record, that was my best option," she said. "I'm not disappointed with the result, but initially she did not offer it."

Goode said she was planning to take her case to trial on principle.

"I do acknowledge I, too, could have handled the situation a little different," she said. "I am a bit embarrassed. But they just assumed I was drunk."

Sandusky police arrested Goode at about 4 a.m. Feb. 26 just outside DJ's Sports Bar on Cleveland Road.  

A police report said Goode smelled like alcohol when officers encountered her outside the bar. The report also said she was verbally abusive with officers.


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