Wife claims Rep. Goodman drove high with kids in the car; legislator denies allegations

State House Rep. Roger Goodman of Kirkland has been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana with his children present by his estranged wife, according to divorce documents filed last October. Goodman, a legislator for six years with the 45th Legislative District, vehemently denies the claims, saying he has been a longtime advocate for safe driving and DUI law reform.

Rep. Roger Goodman

State House Rep. Roger Goodman of Kirkland has been accused of driving under the influence of marijuana with his children present by his estranged wife, according to divorce documents filed last October.

Goodman, a legislator for six years with the 45th Legislative District, vehemently denies the claims, saying he has been a longtime advocate for safe driving and DUI law reform.

The 45th District includes Sammamish.

“I would never put the safety of my children at risk,” Goodman said in an email. “During a divorce, people tend to make all sorts of allegations and oftentimes these claims are unsupported and untrue.”

Liv Grohn, Goodman’s wife, filed for divorce on Oct. 9, 2012, but submitted an 11-page declaration on Oct. 4 detailing several instances in which she believes Goodman was smoking marijuana, prior to Washington’s Initiative 502 legalization.

In the summer of 2011, Grohn said she and the family were on their way to the beach for a family outing. When Grohn walked out to the car, the children were buckled in but Goodman was missing. As she went to look for him, “Roger stumbled out from the side of the garage reeking of marijuana.”

Goodman said “these allegations are simply false.”

Goodman said that as part of the divorce proceedings, he “eagerly” volunteered to a “battery” of tests and assessments, including a comprehensive substance abuse evaluation and drug screening, to refute the allegations. The findings were “unequivocal,” he says, and “there were no problems and issues whatsoever.”

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