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Barnesville woman accused of disrupting ex-boyfriend's burial

Witnesses told police that an SUV drove recklessly across a south Fargo cemetery.

BLAIR WHITTEN
Blair Whitten.
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FARGO — A Barnesville, Minn., woman is accused in Cass County District Court of disrupting the funeral of her ex-boyfriend and recklessly driving an SUV through a Fargo cemetery.


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Blair R. Whitten, who according to court records is either 28 or 29, faces one count of misdemeanor reckless endangerment stemming from an incident on Saturday, May 1, at Riverside Cemetery in south Fargo.

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Riverside Cemetery in Fargo is seen on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 2102 5th St. S. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

According to court documents:

Several members of the public flagged down officers and said that a vehicle had been driving over gravesites and "trying to run people over."

An officer detained a female driver on the north side of the cemetery who identified herself as Whitten.

Whitten told police she had shown up for her ex-boyfriend's funeral and was sitting in her car at the cemetery when people approached her vehicle.

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She told police she thought the people would hurt her, so she drove off, being careful not to hit anything.

The father of the deceased told police he witnessed Whitten, who he said was not wanted at the funeral, driving an SUV at high speed across the cemetery, which he said frightened him.

Another witness told police he was approaching Whitten's parked vehicle after the burial to ask her to leave when Whitten accelerated towards him, causing him to jump out of the way and to fear for his life.

The witness said Whitten was not welcome at the funeral because she had made harassing posts on social media about her ex-boyfriend's death.

Whitten was arrested and taken to the Cass County Jail.

She entered a not guilty plea during a court appearance Monday.

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