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Transient woman jumps in lake to avoid arrest, deputies say

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

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A 31-year-old woman who jumped in a lake to avoid arrest on Saturday faces charges of assaulting an officer who went in to pull her out, deputies said.

Bethia Lynn Politis, who was listed as a transient, also faces charges of resisting arrest with violence and providing a false name to law enforcement, according to an arrest report from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies pulled over a truck that was swerving and did not have a license plate light about 10 p.m. on U.S. 19. in Weeki Wachee, according to the report.

Politis, who was a passenger in the truck, identified herself as Linda Gorman, the report said.

While deputies were searching the truck, Politis ran from the scene, deputies said.

Deputies ordered her to stop, but she continued running and jumped into a lake, according to the report. Politis removed a small plastic bag from her shorts and threw it into the water before swimming away, deputies said.

The deputies formed a perimeter around the lake and when Politis reached the north shore, a female deputy entered the lake to arrest her, according to the report.

Politis shoved the deputy, causing her to go under, but the deputy got back up and arrested Politis, the report said.

Politis told deputies she ran because she had a warrant for her arrest out of Pasco County, but a records check did not reveal a warrant.

Politis was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center and was being held on $10,500 bond.

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