A woman attempting to flee from authorities crashed her car into the Pithlachascotee River and was arrested after swimming to shore late Monday night, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
Elizabeth Marie Missildine, 21, 5410 Maryland Drive, was spotted by a deputy at 10:15 p.m. driving north on U.S. 19 with no lights, an arrest report said. The deputy turned on his emergency lights near Cross Bayou Boulevard, but Missildine continued for nearly two miles before pulling over at a gas station on Bellview Avenue, according to the deputy.
The deputy approached the car and Missildine identified herself with her date of birth and name, but said she did not have ID because she had a suspended license.
After being ordered to hand over the car keys and to step out of the car, Missildine sped away north on Bellview, crashing into a barrier. The car went into the river and Missildine swam to shore, the arrest report said.
She was taken into custody by Port Richey police officers at a gas station a mile away from the submerged car.
Missildine, who was taken to the Land O’ Lakes Jail, is charged with fleeing to elude and driving with a suspended license with knowledge.