Sunday, May 27, 2018
Public safety

Spring Hill woman arrested after swimming across pond to avoid authorities

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's deputies arrested a 31-year-old Spring Hill woman after they said she assaulted a deputy and tried elude officers by swimming through a pond.

It began with a traffic stop.

About 9:10 p.m. Saturday, a deputy saw a white truck swerving in and out of the southbound lanes of Commercial Way. He pulled the vehicle over near St. Andrews Boulevard, noticing a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Bethia Lynn Politis was in the passenger seat. She identified herself as Linda Gorman. When the deputy ran a check on the name and date of birth, he discovered Gorman was a black female — not a white female.

The deputy then performed a pat-down search. During the search, Politis made a run for it.

She refused orders to stop, then ran into a pond north of where they had stopped. As Politis jumped into the water, deputies saw her take a plastic bag from her shorts and throw it into the water.

She swam for about 15 minutes as deputies made a perimeter around the area.

She finally reached the north end of the pond. There, a deputy tried to grab her, but Politis shoved off.

She was eventually placed in custody.

Politis told deputies she was running because she had a warrant for her arrest in Pasco County for failure to appear. A computer check revealed no active warrants.

Politis faces charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and providing a false name to law enforcement.

She was being held Monday at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $10,500 bail.

The driver of the vehicle, James Cason, was not arrested.

Danny Valentine can be reached at [email protected]

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