A Novato woman fleeing from police jumped off the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge around 2 a.m. Sunday, swimming in the freezing waters of the bay for almost two hours before she was captured and hospitalized, the California Highway Patrol said.
Kathryn Tynes, 30, was tracked down around 4 a.m. in shallow, muddy water a couple miles south of where she jumped off the bridge, rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard swimmer and sent to Stanford Medical Center for treatment, CHP Sgt. Marcus Bartholomew said in a statement.
The saga began when officers in a Marin CHP patrol unit saw a Ford Focus weaving on southbound Highway 101 near the Central San Rafael exit at 1:59 a.m., according to Bartholomew. Officers attempted a traffic stop on the car, and Tynes initially yielded at a red light at Bellam Boulevard, but then zoomed off eastbound on Interstate 580 toward the bridge.
The CHP took off after Tynes at top speed, and just before reaching the bridge's incline section, she pulled over, jumped out of the car, sprinted to the south side of the bridge and jumped, Bartholomew said. The distance from the bridge to the water from where Tynes leapt was about 20 feet, the CHP officer said.
Though the officers tried to talk to Tynes as she swam under the bridge, she swam away toward San Quentin State Prison, Bartholomew said. The Coast Guard, a Tiburon police boat, a commercial tugboat, San Rafael police, Marin County Sheriff's deputies, San Quentin Prison guard
A Coast Guard helicopter found Tynes around 3:46 a.m. in the water between Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera and Paradise Cay, Bartholomew said. A Coast Guard swimmer lowered from the helicopter got her out of the water.
Tynes was placed under arrest on suspicion of resisting peace officers, evading peace officers, driving with a suspended or revoked license and violation of probation, Bartholomew said. She was flown to Stanford Medical Center by the Coast Guard helicopter, the CHP officer said.