A Spotsylvania County woman was arrested this week after her vehicle wound up in a drainage pond a short time after authorities were called to the scene of a hit-and-run accident.

Stafford County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said the hit-and-run crash took place about 6 p.m Wednesday at the intersection of Lendall Lane and U.S. 17 in southern Stafford. A woman reported that she was at a traffic light waiting to turn left onto U.S. 17 when a vehicle turning onto Lendall Lane struck the front of her truck.

The other driver kept going and Deputy Scott Myers responded and began searching the area, Vicinanzo said. A short time later, a woman flagged him down in the 400 block of Lendall Lane.

Vicinanzo said the woman was wet, muddy, not wearing any shoes and appeared to be intoxicated. She tried to get into the passenger’s side of Myers’ cruiser and was told to stop and that she needed to go home, Vicinanzo said.

The woman then showed Myers her Nissan Pathfinder in a drainage pond at the bottom of an embankment. Vicinanzo said the woman told police she had crashed into the pond and swam back to shore.

When the woman’s vehicle was removed from the pond, Myers saw damage to the front driver’s side consistent with the damage on the victim’s truck.

Jenna Briganti, 37, was charged with hit-and-run and driving under the influence. She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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