A woman is facing charges after crashing into the main entrance of the Marion Correctional Institute.

  • Incident happened shortly before noon Saturday
  • FHP says woman may have experienced medical event
  • Vehicle crashed into gate of facility

Authorities said the woman was visiting an inmate when she crashed into the gate, a fence and a metal barrier.

It happened about 15 minutes before noon Saturday.

A witness said she was standing in line to visit an inmate at the facility when a car came speeding at the gate, crashing and sending debris everywhere.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say 50-year-old Janice Porter started to experience a possible medical event, which caused her to accelerate and hit the right side of the gate, knock over a metal crash barrier and also hit the fence line.

Troopers say Porter is charged with driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance.