Britney Dodges Hit-Run Charge With Payoff

She still faces probation for invalid license
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2007 4:06 AM CDT
Britney Spears grabs a smoke while behind the wheel in L.A.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Things might be looking up a bit for beleaguered pop tart Britney Spears. A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge against her was tossed out yesterday when a Los Angeles court commissioner learned that she had paid a $1,000 cash settlement to the motorist whose car she dinged in a parking lot in August, reports E! Online.

The singer still faces a misdemeanor count of driving without a license during the accident. She now has a valid California license and her lawyer is trying to work out a plea deal which could involve a year of probation.