On March 27, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a parked SUV in Phoenix.
According to FBI agents who were tracking the attorney general, Horne was unaware he was being observed as he backed into a parked Range Rover in a Phoenix apartment complex parking garage. He was then seen leaving the scene fo the accident with a female passenger.
The damage to the SUV was later estimated at over $1,000. Kevin Montaño, the owner of the 2008 Range Rover, stated that he was not quite sure as to how the repair to his vehicle will be paid for, but that the insurance carrier of Horne's borrowed vehicle is in the process of investigating the accident. Montaño, who has never spoken with the attorney general, stated:
"He's a man. It happens. I wasn't in the vehicle. I wasn't aware of the impact he felt when it hit. He says he didn't even feel anything. You've got to take him at his word, you know?"
Last week, Horne received a misdemeanor citation for one count of leaving the scene of a collision with an unattended vehicle. Police have informed that Horne's court date is set for November 2 at Phoenix Municipal Court.
Horne has stated that he has no idea why FBI agents who witnessed and later reported the incident would be following him. It was revealed that they were tailing the attorney general as a part of an investigation into campaign-finance violations that were alleged to have been taking place.
The female passenger was later revealed to be Carmen Chenal, a longtime female employee and confidant. An FBI report released by Phoenix police on Tuesday stated:
"It should be noted that through the course of the investigation, SA (special agent) Grehoski and SA Mason learned that Horne is having an extramarital affair with Chenal and that they utilize Chenal's apartment in furtherance of that affair. Though motive is not an element of the criminal statute listed above, it stands to reason that Horne did not want any record of his presence in the parking garage of Chenal's apartment complex, thus he did not leave a note."
Police have informed that Horne's court date is set for November 2 at Phoenix Municipal Court.
As a Phoenix car accident lawyer, you see that it is always significantly bigger news when a public figure is involved in a crash, even if it is a relatively minor one.
Fortunately in this case, it appears that noone was injured. Our Phoenix accident law firm will keep you updated on this story as it unfolds.