- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is pleading no contest to charges of driving away from a traffic accident without notice.

Richardson dialed in remotely to a municipal court hearing on Friday in Santa Fe and agreed to pay $56 in court costs and complete a defense driving class under the judgment. A sentence of 90 days unsupervised probation is on hold while Richardson completes the requirements.

In January, Richardson rear-ended another vehicle at low speed in downtown Santa Fe, drove off and was tracked down quickly by police. A police video shows Richardson initially feigning ignorance before acknowledging to a Santa Fe police officer that he bumped into another car and didn’t pull over.

Court records show that a charge of driving too close was dismissed.

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