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Woman steals bus then crashes into police car before trying to swim to Canada

By Mason White 8:55 AM May 4, 2015
Elizabeth Winter being rescued 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was removed from the water after she attempted to flee from police.

Law enforcement officials rescued a woman from the waters near the border between the United States and Canada.

Police were called after Elizabeth Winter was spotted driving a school bus erratically. Police soon learned that the bus had been stolen.

Winter then drove to a gas station, where an officer attempted to make contact with her. The woman then rammed the police car and drove off.

She drove into a dead end street before abandoning the empty school bus and jumping into the water. According to police, the 54-year-old woman attempted to swim to Canada, in an attempt to get away.

She was shouting: “God will save me,” as she helplessly swam away. Officer followed her in a boat and attempted to convince the woman to come out of the water.

She swam for about 25 minutes before officers finally jumped into the water and rescued her.

The woman was taken to the hospital and was later booked into the Whatcom County jail. She faces charges of vehicle theft, felony assault on an officer and felony eluding of law enforcement.