Tom Horne says he paid $300 fine to settle hit-and-run case

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says his misdemeanor hit-and-run case has been resolved.

Horne released a statement Wednesday saying that he paid a $300 fine for not leaving a note after he backed into another vehicle in a parking garage in March of 2012.

“The vehicle’s owner stated the car already had a dent that the federal agents who noted the incident wrongly assumed I caused,” said Horne. “Had I known there were scratches, I would have left my name and contact information so that I could have taken care of this personally.”

At the time of the accident, Horne was being followed by FBI agents who were conducting a campaign finance investigation.

An FBI report released back in October said Horne didn’t stop after backing into the vehicle because he was having an affair with Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal, who was in the car at the time.

The parking garage where the incident occurred belonged to Chenal’s apartment complex.

Horne has continued to claim that the reason he did not leave a note was because he did not think he caused any damage to the other vehicle.

The FBI’s campaign finance investigation stemmed from allegations that Horne had illegally coordinated his 2010 campaign with a group that was supposed to be operating independently.

Horne has denied any wrongdoing, and has said he plans to run for re-election in 2014.