Identified 'flying' object in Nevada desert taken into police custody

The car is suspended a metre in the air.
The car is suspended a metre in the air. Photo credit: NHP Southern Command/Supplied

Police in the desert outside Las Vegas have come across a rather usual scene - a driverless car defying gravity in the wake of one of the world's biggest electronic dance festivals.

Images taken by the Nevada Highway Patrol show a sedan perched on top of a small boulder. The back of the vehicle is suspected to be a full metre in the air.

The vehicle was empty when Troopers arrived, and it hasn't been claimed.
The vehicle was empty when Troopers arrived, and it hasn't been claimed. Photo credit: NHP/Supplied

"If the person who drove their car onto a rock leaving #edc this morning wants their car they can come talk to NHP Troopers to get it back," the NHP tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Trooper Jason Buratczuk told Newshub he tweeted the images after a Trooper forwarded them to him. 

"It's Vegas. People don't usually drive good out here," he said in an email, before offering to send Newshub a Highway Patrol patch.

On Facebook, Trooper Buratczuk elaborated on the situation, saying traffic was "backing up from fellow revellers stopping to take pics of the vehicle so Troopers responded to keep traffic moving." He said no one was with the vehicle when troopers arrived. 

One Twitter user asked the troopers whether they can have the car if no one claims it.

"Pretty sure you can get it at auction in 90 days," troopers tweeted in reply.

Early on Wednesday morning, another tweeter asked whether anyone had claimed the vehicle.

"Shockingly, no," troopers replied.

Oops.
Oops. Photo credit: NHP/Supplied

The image has been retweeted 16,000 times.

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