weather unavailableweather unavailable
Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Land O'Lakes man makes a 'swim' for it, deputies say


Swim across lake fails to ditch deputies

The deputies arrived Monday afternoon with a warrant for Charles Preston Venator, who was accused of violating his probation for a 2008 driving under the influence.

But first Venator, 27, needed to get dressed.

"We allowed the subject to put on a pair of shorts while we stood on either side of him," the Sheriff's Office report said.

Venator used that moment to dart out of his house at 21924 Ocean Pines Drive, run toward a lake and dive off a dock, deputies said.

He swam across the lake, but deputies borrowed a boat and caught up with him as he reached the shore, the report said.

Venator was charged with resisting arrest without violence, violation of probation and an unrelated charge of grand theft. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,650 bail.

Land O'Lakes man makes a 'swim' for it, deputies say 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours