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.