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Police interrupt Little Nell race

Joel Stonington

Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

An off-duty Aspen police officer spotted two Suburbans, with license plates “Nell 1” and “Nell 2,” speeding upvalley on Highway 82, dodging cars and swerving.

Unfortunately, the winner, and hence bragging rights, is something of a toss-up. The incident came in as a reckless driver call to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Evidently, “Nell 1” was in the lead when “Nell 2” got pulled over first, right near Sardy Field. So really, “Nell 1’s” driver, Matthew Pearsall, should have pole position in the next race. Once “Nell 2” was stopped, the driver and sheriff’s deputy Jesse Steindler got on the horn and called Pearsall on his cell phone. Pearsall returned and received a ticket for careless driving based on the account of the off-duty officer.Steindler said only Pearsall got a ticket because the officer who called in the report did not actually witness “Nell 2” doing anything wrong, though there was a suspicion of speeding.

Pearsall and the other driver declined to talk about the race, and there was something of a lack of celebratory feeling. Luckily, Steindler said, the two chauffeurs did not have any passengers at the time. Joel Stonington’s e-mail is jstonington@aspentimes.com

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