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Woman tries to flee by swimming across lake

Posted: August 8, 2013 - 4:35pm  |  Updated: August 11, 2013 - 12:06am
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Above, Columbia County Investigator Josh Bogdanow (left) and deputy B. J. Radford used a boat to arrest Kelsey Megan Beverlin, 20, for a probation violation. Beverlin ran from the officers and jumped into Idylwilde subdivision lake, where she swam for 45 minutes before being captured.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Above, Columbia County Investigator Josh Bogdanow (left) and deputy B. J. Radford used a boat to arrest Kelsey Megan Beverlin, 20, for a probation violation. Beverlin ran from the officers and jumped into Idylwilde subdivision lake, where she swam for 45 minutes before being captured.

Kelsey Megan Beverlin wasn’t the one that got away.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies fished Beverlin, 20, out of a lake behind her Taft Drive home Thursday after she attempted to swim away from a warrant for her arrest.

Beverlin was charged with obstruction after leading deputies on a 45-minute chase around the neighborhood lake in Evans.

The aquatic escapade began about 12:20 p.m. when a sheriff’s deputy accompanied a probation officer to Beverlin’s home to serve a probation violation warrant. She was accused of trying to skip out on the probation sentence she received for 2011 theft and financial transaction card fraud charges. Police said Beverlin was uncooperative.

“When officers arrived, she jumped into the pond,” said sheriff’s Lt. Andy Shedd.

Beverlin spent the next 45 minutes swimming around the 9.5-acre lake in the Idylwilde subdivision in plain view of deputies who had stationed themselves along the banks. Beverlin didn’t offer to come ashore, and deputies weren’t interested in taking a plunge to pull her out.

The incident came to an end after sheriff’s Investigator Josh Bogdanow and Deputy B.J. Radford borrowed a resident’s boat. Bogdanow paddled across the lake to intercept Beverlin, who was still trying to swim away. Bogdanow brought the craft alongside the tiring Beverlin, who was grabbed by Radford. The two officers managed to remain dry as they hauled in their catch.

Beverlin now faces obstruction charges in addition to probation violations, Shedd said.

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Comments (5)

Fiat_Lux

Fugative?

Really?

eschamb

Woman tries to flee by swimming across lake

Now is a good time to take my monthly shower......

eschamb

Woman tries to flee by swimming across lake

Has that Polcie Dept solved all the murder and other high level crimes? Must be a very busy Dept. to have to do this much.

Dixieman

Aquagirl

She's all wet.

LilDeb

eschamb

Really, I can't think of any open murder cases in Columbia County, however this criminal will be off the streets and therefore be prevented from committing a violent crime. Goal accomplished! If they just let her swim away and did nothing, then every wanted person in the area would be diving into water assuming that they are home free...until one of them drowns, and then there will be an outcry for justice for the criminal because the police did not make sure they made it out of the water safely! Not to mention how do you know this is not a violent offender, being patient and getting the job done may have saved someone from being injured or killed by this druggie..

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