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Ex-Beau Of Conn. Rep Charged With Torching Her Car

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Christina Ayala. Photo from Connecticut General Assembly state website.

Christina Ayala. Photo from Connecticut General Assembly state website.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ The ex-boyfriend of state Rep. Christina Ayala has been charged with torching her car just a month after she got her license back after pleading no contest in a hit-and-run crash.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/16GxR1R) that Pedro Rodriguez faces charges including reckless burning.

Police say he set fire to Rep. Christina Ayala’s car, and her sister’s car, after a dispute Tuesday morning at a Bridgeport restaurant.

Rodriguez was ordered held on $15,000 bond Tuesday.

In June, Ayala pleaded no contest after leaving the scene of an August 2012 accident in Bridgeport in which a 26-year-old woman was injured. Ayala said she panicked and regretted his misjudgment.

In March, prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against Ayala after she was charged with slapping her then-boyfriend Rodriguez at their home.

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