February 16, 2005
Two Cave Creek residents have been cited after a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter plucked eight people to safety from vehicles stuck in washes last week.
Jacqueline Goodspeed, 65, was cited for failure to obey a police officer after she drove a Toyota Land Cruiser into water about 4 feet deep Friday near Desert Hills Drive and 58th Street, the sheriff’s office said.
A couple hours later, Paul Zalewski, 47, drove a Hummer with six passengers into a flooded wash at Creek Canyon Road in Cave Creek, the sheriff’s office said. The vehicle stalled and washed downstream. Zalewski’s wife, three children, a 59-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman were with him. He was cited for reckless driving.
"The water rescues are just really outrageous," said sheriff’s Capt. Ron Stoner. "People do what they want to do; they can pay for it."
Goodspeed and Zalewski will have to pay for their rescues if they are convicted under the state’s stupid motorist law.
In Goodspeed’s case, she asked a deputy if it would be safe to cross, and he said it was "too dangerous."
Authorities afterward asked her about the warning.
"Yes, he did, that was a dumb thing to do, I should have listened to you
guys," she said. "I’m really sorry I caused so much trouble. Thank you so much for helping me."