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Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was driving to work when his car collided with a vehicle in front of him.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/30/2011 6:00:17 AM ET 2011-03-30T10:00:17

U.S. Park Police ticketed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after a four-car fender-bender Tuesday along the George Washington Parkway. No one was injured in the accident, police said.

Scalia, 75, was driving his car to work at the time of the accident, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. He was on the bench when the court's morning session began about 10 a.m. EDT.

Police said Scalia was driving south on the parkway just before 9 a.m. when his car collided with a vehicle in front of him, triggering a chain reaction. The justice's car was towed from the scene.

Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said Scalia received a ticket for following too closely, The Washington Post reported.

The justice can pay the $70 fine and $20 special assessment or contest the ticket in court, Schlosser said.

"He probably hasn't a clue how to contest a traffic ticket," Schlosser joked, according to the LA Times.

"It was a busy traffic area," the newspaper quoted Schlosser as saying. "It just happens."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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