BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Bridgeport lawmaker Christina Ayala has entered a no contest plea to motor vehicle charges stemming from an August hit-and-run accident in the city.

The Connecticut Post ( ) reports that Ayala changed her plea Tuesday from not guilty to no contest on charges of evading responsibility, ignoring traffic signals and driving without registration. She was fined $350.

Police say Ayala fled scene of the Aug. 15 crash in which the car she was driving collided with one driven by a 26-year-old Bridgeport woman.  She was flagged down six blocks away by a person who witnessed the crash and pursued her.

Ayala has said she panicked, and regrets her misjudgment.

The accident happened the day Ayala won a Democratic primary for the state House seat to which she was elected in November.
Information from: Connecticut Post,

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