Police: Man arrested in Dickson donation jar theft after fleeing authorities

Aaron Gooch (Courtesy: Dickson County Police Department)

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man who was wanted after allegedly stealing a donation jar and multiple vehicles has been taken into custody after a manhunt.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Aaron Gooch was arrested on Highway 46 near Oakmont Elementary School after an off-duty police officer spotted him near the Roxy 8 Theater.

That off-duty officer immediately alerted police and when backup arrived to the scene, Gooch tried to flee in a gray Chevrolet pickup truck.

A short pursuit ended after Gooch rammed two police cars. No injuries were reported.

Police told News 2 they believe Gooch was intoxicated at the time of his arrest. They also reportedly found narcotics in his vehicle.

News 2 spoke with a man who witnessed the arrest.

Courtesy: Dickson County Police Department
Courtesy: Dickson County Police Department

“Police all drew their guns at one time and they were every direction around him, so their response was just awesome. It makes you feel safe for sure,” David Bobbitt explained.

Gooch was initially wanted after he allegedly stole a donation jar from a Mexican restaurant that was intended for the family of an 18-year-old girl who was killed in a house fire.

Since then, officials said he has stolen multiple cars and been involved in several high-speed chases.

Gooch was taken to Tri-Star Horizon Medical Center in Dickson where he is being checked out by medical professionals.

He is expected to be released later Wednesday and will be taken to the sheriff’s department.

It’s unclear what charges he will face.