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Ex-Girlfriend Of Donation Jar Thief Speaks Out

Posted at 6:43 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 21:06:01-05

It was a chase that stunned many across the mid-state: Police said Aaron Gooch stole a donation jar from a local restaurant, and eluded police again and again before being captured.

Wednesday, Gooch's ex-girlfriend, Courtney White, who accompanied Gooch during one of his police pursuits, spoke to NewsChannel 5.

White was arrested after the pursuit that was caught on camera, but Gooch went on to steal more cars, and even escape out of a surrounded motel by shimmying his way through the motel wall and out another room.

"I just want to apologize for everything and all the heartache we put people through," White said.  "But I really wish they wouldn't be so quick to judge because I know it was the drugs (that caused him to act that way), and he needs help."

White said she's not happy with how police treated her after her arrest, and she says she wants it clear she wasn't in the restaurant when Gooch stole the donation jar that started his run from the law.