A Lake County prison guard, who crashed her car into a retention pond and then reported it stolen to authorities, has been arrested for making a false report of a crime, authorities said.
Ryanne L. Hanna, 20, of Leesburg, was transported to the Marion County Jail after declining to talk with Detective Thomas Tingue on Tuesday. She was released Tuesday night on $500 bond.
Hanna is a corrections officer at Lake Correctional Institution near Clermont and was not on duty at the time of her arrest, according to sheriff’s officials.
On Monday, Hanna made a report claiming that she had parked her 2007 Toyota Scion in the grass next to her friend’s driveway in an area called Sun Valley near Ocala, after returning from Applebee’s restaurant around 12:30 a.m. She discovered the car missing at 9:15 a.m. and called authorities.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Shane Crawford found the car in a retention pond at Southwest 49th Avenue and 112th Lane. Based on evidence at the scene, Crawford said the vehicle crossed Southwest 49th Avenue off 112th Lane, hit a dirt embankment, went airborne, landed and flipped several times before landing in the retention pond.
The car’s air bag was deployed, and the trooper said he noticed the ignition was not damaged. Crawford estimated the car was traveling more than twice the posted speed limit of 30 mph.
The car was towed to a truck yard, where it was inspected by Tingue.
Tingue was able to find Hanna, who had a large bruise on her left collarbone, which the detective said could be an injury from a seat belt.
Hanna told the detective she was driving to a store the night of the crash and did not see or stop at a stop sign. She said the vehicle struck a curb in the road and she lost control of the car. She said she was scared because she was in the vehicle upside down, and wasn’t sure if insurance would cover the accident.
She said she then filed a false police report, authorities said.
The woman was then taken to a district office for an interview, where she declined to talk further with the detective.