St. Petersburg man rear-ends deputy's cruiser, caught later and arrested for DUI

Anthony Hanna, of St. Petersburg.
Anthony Hanna, of St. Petersburg.
Published Jan. 6, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — A 37-year-old was arrested Friday night after investigators say he rear-ended a Pinellas Sheriff's Office cruiser, fled the scene and was later found with alcohol in his system.

Anthony Hanna, of St. Petersburg, was driving his 2000 Buick Regal just before 11 p.m. near the intersection of 28th Street N and 62nd Avenue when deputies say he struck the cruiser.

Deputy Darryl Martin, 52, had been stopped at the intersection. Investigators say Hanna didn't stop after the crash, but was then followed by witnesses to his home on 61st Avenue N.

Deputies arrived shortly after. Deputies say he had an blood alcohol concentration of 0.036/0.039, less than half the 0.08 level when the state deems impairment. They are waiting results of a toxicology report.

Deputy Martin sustained minor injuries but was released from the hospital by Saturday morning.

Deputies said speed and impairment both appear to be factors in the crash.

Hanna faces charges leaving the scene of an accident with injury and property damage and driving under the influence.