TAMPA — Three deputies and a witness jumped into the water trying to save a motorist who drove his car into a lake only to learn he had made it out earlier and fled, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The driver, Lero Henry, 21, was driving away from a deputy when he drove into White Trout Lake at Busch Boulevard and Himes Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Friday, the Sheriff's Office said.
Henry faces charges including fleeing to elude, driving with a suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and violating parole. He was out of jail on bond after a Feb. 7 arrest for a parole violation, the Sheriff's Office said.
The incident began when a deputy saw a dark green Infiniti swerving in the area of Waters and Himes avenues and tried to make a traffic stop at Humphrey Street and Himes. The vehicle did not stop and took off. The deputy turned off the flashing lights and continued north on Himes, the Sheriff's Office said.
When the deputy reached the intersection with Busch Boulevard, two witnesses reported they had just seen a vehicle crash into White Trout Lake.
One of the witnesses and three deputies jumped into the lake, but the vehicle was too deep.
A short time later, authorities said, a woman arrived at the scene and said she had received a call from her son saying he had just been involved in a crash at Busch and Himes.
Deputies searched the area and found Henry soaking wet near Himes and Sligh avenues.