Cops: Woman Faked Drowning to Avoid Court
North Carolina woman, husband are charged
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2014 6:25 PM CDT
Amy Arrington   (North Myrtle Beach Police)

(Newser) – It would normally be good news to learn that a woman feared drowned at Myrtle Beach last weekend didn't drown after all. The catch is that Amy Arrington, 42, is accused of concocting the story in cahoots with her husband to avoid a court appearance, reports WRAL. The fruitless search continued from Saturday evening into Tuesday night after husband Paul Arrington told police his wife walked into the ocean and never returned. Amy Arrington has since turned herself in to Charlotte police and is due in court tomorrow to face charges including identity theft and forgery, reports WSOC.

"It was a stupid choice, I mean very stupid, one that we both regret that was made, but I love my wife and I'm going to do anything I can to protect her,” Paul Arrington told the TV station. He faces charges of filing a false report. The Observer reports that his wife has a criminal record dating back to 1992 and served two years in prison for fraud and identity theft before her release in 2008. "I don't think Paul really had a clue" about his wife's criminal past, says his brother.

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Jul 11, 2014 4:34 AM CDT
GEE, she looks so innocent.
Jul 11, 2014 12:35 AM CDT
She's a helluva advertisement for running a background check on your dates.
Jul 11, 2014 12:07 AM CDT
Articles like this really highlight how bizarre it is that news outlets always list people's ages in stories. If she were 16 it might explain this whole thing was due to immaturity, or if she were 98 it might be a unique "people" story, but what's the point of my knowing she's 42? And if it's really relevant, why didn't the story say how old her husband is, since he's also mentioned by name, and they're both being charged with a crime.