Two jump in water to flee officers in separate incidences

Man who jumped in Augusta canal is still at large

You can swim, but you can’t hide.

An Evans woman found that out Thursday, and a Hephzibah man soon will.

Kelsey Megan Beverlin, 20, tried to escape Columbia County sheriff’s deputies Thursday by diving into a neighborhood lake. After a 45-minute swim, she was fished out by deputies and charged with obstruction.

Nicholas Bradley Adams, 28, got pulled over by Richmond County deputies early Wednesday but eluded them by swimming across the Augusta Canal.

He left behind his registered SUV and his passenger.

In the Columbia County case, Beverlin was accused of trying to skip out on probation she had received for theft and financial transaction card fraud charges in 2011.

When a probation officer and deputy arrived to serve a warrant at her home on Taft Drive in Idylwilde about 12:20 p.m., she jumped into the nearby 9½-acre lake, according to sheriff’s Lt. Andy Shedd.

Beverlin spent about 45 minutes swimming around the lake while deputies stationed themselves along the banks. Finally, a sheriff’s investigator and a deputy borrowed a small boat and paddled after Beverlin, who was brought to shore.

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

In the Richmond County case, a deputy pulled over a 2002 Ford Explorer about 12:30 a.m., intending to write a ticket charging the driver with running a red light at Broad and 13th streets, according to an incident report.

The driver, later identified by police as Adams, pulled into Circle K at 306 13th St., jumped out of the SUV and ran toward Ellis Street. Adams then jumped into the canal and swam across.

Instead of pursuing, deputies returned to his vehicle, where they found several empty capsules, a small plastic bag of marijuana and a clear bag with a white powdery substance.

Officers identified Adams, of the 1100 block of Fox Den Road in Hephzibah, by running his license tag, pulling a previous jail photo and talking to his passenger.

He faces charges of obstruction of law enforcement, failure to obey a traffic control light, driving with a suspended license and open container.

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