Wanted felon flags down Blaine cop for free ride, ends up in jail


BLAINE - A woman wanted on a felony warrant for voter fraud flagged down a Blaine police officer this week asking for a free ride to Bellingham.

She got one - to jail.

Michelle Marie Fitch contacted the officer in the 1700 block of Peace Portal Drive and asked for a ride to the Greyhound station in Fairhaven late Tuesday, Aug. 13, so she could catch a ride home to Minnesota, said Blaine police spokeswoman Lisa Moeller.

The officer obliged. But on the way, a check for warrants showed that Fitch, a felon, was wanted in her home state for voting when she knew she was ineligible, Moeller said. So the officer rerouted to another Bellingham destination: Whatcom County Jail.

An officer quipped in his report: "She should have sufficient time to review the upcoming voter pamphlet and be out just in time for the next election."

In the end, Fitch only spent about 12 hours in a jail cell before being released into downtown Bellingham. Minnesota authorities declined to seek extradition.

An official Minnesota criminal history database lists four possible dates of birth for Fitch. She's either 41 or 42.

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