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OMG PD: Fleeing Woman Jumps from Richmond Bridge to Elude CHP

The Coast Guard rescued a North Bay woman who leaped 20 feet from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge after a CHP vehicle pursuit and swam almost two hours in the bay before nearly making it to the Corte Madera shoreline.

A North Bay woman was hospitalized early Sunday after she eluded law enforcement officers by jumping off the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and spending almost two hours in the waters of San Francisco Bay, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Kathryn Tynes, 30, of Novato, was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard swimmer just before 4 a.m. and sent to Stanford Medical Center for treatment, said CHP Sgt. Marcus Bartholomew.

The CHP's pursuit of Tynes began at 1:59 a.m. when an officer saw a Ford Focus weaving on southbound Highway 101 near the Central San Rafael exit, Bartholomew said. Tynes initially yielded during a traffic stop at Bellam Boulevard, but then stepped on the gas and took off again, heading east on Interstate 580 toward the bridge.

With lights and siren blaring, the CHP unit pursued Tynes at high speed, Bartholomew said. Just before Tynes got to the incline section of the bridge, she pulled over to the right shoulder and stopped, got out of the car, ran to the south side of the bridge and jumped.

Bartholomew said it was about 20 feet from the bridge to the water at that part of the span.

CHP officers attempted to speak to the driver as she swam under the bridge roadway, but after several minutes, she began to swim in a southwest direction toward and the marshlands of Corte Madera. The CHP alerted the Coast Guard, a Tiburon Police boat, a commercial tugboat, San Rafael Police, Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies, San Quentin prison guard staff and additional CHP units.

At about 3:46 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter located Tynes in shallow, muddy water between the area of Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera and Paradise Cay, roughly 2.3 miles south of where she jumped off the bridge.

A Coast Guard swimmer was lowered from the helicopter and plucked Tynes from the bay. She was transported to Stanford Medical Center via the helicopter, and she was cited for obstructing peace officers, refusing to comply with police orders, driving with a suspended or revoked license and a probation violation, Bartholomew said.

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MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" August 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I was going to say her Swim Coach must be proud.
chuck2251 August 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
she should have also received a ticket for jumping off the bridge..
Mark Mathews August 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
El - oh - el !
Mark Mathews August 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
That, AND the total labor, fuel and maintenance cost for the Coast Guard helicopter, AND all the other third-party rescue and traffic control assets that responded to this probation violator!

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