Driverless car avoids accidents |

Driverless car avoids accidents

Abigail Eagye

A driverless vehicle made its way safely down Mill Street on Friday, dodging cars and stationary objects, and coming to a rest inches from the brick wall in front of the Jerome Professional Building.Aspen police responded to a call from a southbound driver who spotted the car rolling north down the hill in front of the library and crossing into oncoming traffic.”Luckily nobody got hurt,” said patrol officer Walter Chi, who responded to the non-accident.Community Safety Officer Matt Burg, who also responded to the call, said that because there was no driver in the car, the owner can’t be cited for a moving violation, but the driver will be ticketed for parking and towing, the same as if he or she had parked the car where it came to rest.In other non-criminal news, officer Terry Leitch responded to a report of a missing garden gnome, rumored to be worth nearly $12,000. That’s roughly $1,000 per inch, if the rumor is correct. Leitch estimated the ornament to be about 12 inches tall. It turns out the gnome wasn’t kidnapped, however, but was visiting friends. Leitch reported that friends of the gnome’s owners had taken the tiny toy as a prank, and it has since been returned.

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