- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man sought by the FBI and accused of loosening bolts on a high-voltage power line tower in Northern California last month was arrested yesterday when he walked into a California Highway Patrol office looking for directions.

Michael Devyln Poulin said his action was intended to highlight domestic insecurity, and that he had been trying to surrender.

He was arrested in South Sacramento after a CHP employee recognized him from a wanted poster, said patrol spokesman Tom Marshall.

“I wish they were all this easy,” Mr. Marshall said. He said Mr. Poulin was looking for directions to the FBI office in Sacramento and did not resist arrest, Mr. Marshall said.

In a telephone interview yesterday morning, before his arrest, Mr. Poulin said he meant to highlight the nation’s lack of security for the nation’s power infrastructure by loosening and removing bolts at eight towers in four states.

Mr. Poulin, 62, of Spokane, Wash., said he had intended to turn himself in to the FBI.

He said he had grown tired of dodging the law. “I’m sort of getting a stiff neck from looking over my shoulder,” Mr. Poulin said. He said he had been trying to arrange his surrender for two weeks, but authorities gave him too few details about the legal circumstances that awaited him.

“The attorney general, because this covers any number of jurisdictions, refuses to tell me what I’m facing,” Mr. Poulin said. “Because the threat of a terrorism charge hangs over me, I could end up in Guantanamo Bay,” the facility where the United States is holding terror suspects.

A federal arrest warrant issued last month charges Mr. Poulin with damaging an energy facility.

Mr. Poulin is accused of removing and loosening bolts from the legs of a high-voltage transmission tower near Anderson, Calif., on Oct. 20.

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