JACKSON (AP) – A Michigan bride still wearing her wedding dress was arrested on a felony warrant and briefly jailed after exchanging vows at a Jackson-area church, police said.

The 53-year-old woman, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was wanted on a 3-year-old warrant for identity theft, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

Police believed the woman had moved to Florida, and they got two tips that she would be back in town for Saturday’s wedding. She was arrested at City of Zion Ministries just after the ceremony, Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Officer Rick Gillespie said.

“We can’t ignore it when we have good information on where she’s going to be,” Gillespie said. “We had to do what we had to do.”

The woman was held for less than about 30 minutes before being booked, released on bond and picked up by her husband, Gillespie said. Officers gave her the chance to change clothes before she was taken to jail, but she declined, Gillespie said.

Officers had discussed whether to arrest her on her wedding day, and decided to do that because they had no other information about her whereabouts, Gillespie said. They let her pose for last-minute photographs before taking her to jail, he said.

“She was kind of shocked at first, because according to her, she had no idea what this was about,” Gillespie said.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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