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Todd Pittenger - November 11, 2016 9:52 am

Salina Police Officers Alex Protzman (left) and Randy Constantino (right) work the crash scene as driver Mark Owens fills out a report.

A Salina man was injured Friday morning after taking a crazy ride in the engine compartment of his driverless car.

Police told KSAL News at the scene that 47-year-old Mark Owens was in a parking lot in the 1000 block of  East Crawford Street, working on his car.

Owens had the hood up, working on the engine. The car was running, in gear, with the emergency break on. He was adjusting the accelerator.

The car started to roll forward, went over a curb, and toward a building. Owens leaped into the engine compartment as the car hit the side of the Home Store at 1001 East Crawford. The impact damaged bricks on the outside of the building, and a cabinet display inside the business.

Owens suffered an injury to his lower leg, but refused transport to the hospital. No one was hurt inside the business.

A city building inspector responded to the scene.

Police said that the incident is still under investigation, but it’s likely that Owens will receive some citations.

The crash happened at around 9:00 Friday morning.

Jim Babcock

November 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm

emergency BRAKE !!!!

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