Novato Woman Arrested After Jumping From Richmond Bridge During Police Chase

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — A 30-year-old Novato woman jumped from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge into San Francisco Bay during a vehicle pursuit early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers spotted a Ford Focus weaving on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Rafael about 2 a.m., the CHP said.

The officers tried to pull the vehicle over, and it initially stopped at a traffic light at Bellam Boulevard. Then without warning, the vehicle accelerated across Bellam Boulevard and onto the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

The suspect vehicle drove onto the span until it reached the beginning of the incline section, where the driver—later identified as Kathryn Tynes—got out of the car and ran toward the southern side of the span, the CHP said.

Tynes then jumped off the bridge and into the water, about a 20-foot drop.

Officers tried to talk to Tynes as she swam under the bridge, but she refused to get out and continued swimming toward Corte Madera.

A Tiburon police boat, a tug boat, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the San Rafael police and the CHP responded to the area to attempt to locate the suspect.

About 3:45 a.m., Tynes was found in shallow water near Paradise Cay in Marin County.

A U.S. Coast Guard swimmer retrieved her and she was taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment.

Tynes was arrested for several offenses, including evading an officer, driving on a suspended license and violating probation.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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