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AZ Attorney General Tom Horne Investigated for Hit-and-Run

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has come under fire recently. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has announced that he plans to take civil action against Horne over alleged campaign finance violations.

Now Horne could face criminal charges as well. Phoenix police are currently investigating an alleged hit-and-run crash that Horne was allegedly involved with earlier in the year, ABC 15 reports.

The FBI began the investigation into the alleged hit-and-run before handing it over to Phoenix police on Monday. Authorities said that the accident took place about noon on March 27 at 2nd Avenue and Roosevelt Street. According to Phoenix police, the incident only involved property damage.

Even if no one is hurt in an accident, you have a duty to stop under Arizona law. If you're involved in accident in which property is damaged, you must stop as soon as you can and remain at the scene.

The law requires you to give the other driver your name, address, and vehicle registration number as well. If the other driver requests it, you must also show him your driver's license so he can copy down the number. Failure to stop in an accident that involved property damage is a Class 2 misdemeanor and punishable by up to four months in jail.

If anyone is injured or killed in the crash, there are additional requirements: You have a duty to give reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the accident, including calling 911 or taking the person to the hospital. If you caused the accident and you fail to stop, it's a Class 3 felony and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Earlier in the year, the FBI conducted an investigation of Tom Horne's campaign spending during the 2010 elections. According to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a civil enforcement action will soon follow regarding alleged campaign finance violations, ABC 15 reports.

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