Video of High-Speed Chase and Arrest on White Earth Reservation Sparks Controversy

Aaron Goodwin Sr.
Aaron Goodwin Sr.

MAHNOMEN, MN ( – A criminal complaint provides a clearer picture of a dramatic arrest on the White Earth Reservation, with video footage circulating on social media.

On Tuesday, May 21, witnesses called police after seeing a woman injured with blood on her face. According to court documents, Aaron Goodwin was attempting to steal her car. The woman, who had a restraining order against Goodwin, got into the vehicle, and Goodwin drove off.

White Earth Tribal Police spotted Goodwin near Mahnomen, leading to a high-speed chase reaching over 100 mph. The chase ended at Goodwin’s home, where the arrest was caught on video.

In the video, law enforcement is seen entering the home and demanding Goodwin to get on the ground. An officer then fired a taser. The criminal complaint states Goodwin did not follow commands and began digging in his pocket. While on the ground, he continued to dig in his waistband, leading to a second taser shot.

Nicholas Goodwin, Aaron’s father, witnessed the arrest and expressed disbelief at the scene.

“The next time I see my son, he was sitting there like he was a zombie. … They could’ve killed him,” he said.

Nicholas claims his son was not resisting and that police overused the taser.

“I understand maybe being tased once, but they tased him three times. He was not resisting, and I cannot believe it,” he said.

Aaron Goodwin faces multiple charges, including felony domestic assault by strangulation and fleeing a peace officer. His family is considering a lawsuit.

White Earth Tribal Police are reviewing the case internally but have not commented on the active investigation.

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