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Spring Hill woman arrested after swimming across pond to avoid authorities

Bethia Lynn Politis, 31, of Spring Hill faces several charges.

Bethia Lynn Politis, 31, of Spring Hill faces several charges.

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 dvalentine@tampabay.com.

Spring Hill woman arrested after swimming across pond to avoid authorities 06/16/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 9:12pm]

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