A man who was arrested in Catalonia after driving for 40 kilometres on the wrong side of the motorway with his boyfriend’s dead body in the car was fulfilling his partner’s dying wishes, it has emerged.
POLICE from the Mossos d’Esquadra arrested the man after he drove for 40 kilometres on the wrong side of the motorway with the body of his dead boyfriend in the car.
According to newspaper the Mirror, the 66-year-old driver was fulfilling his partner’s dying wishes to drive across Europe when he was arrested by police driving for 40 kilometres on the wrong side of the motorway in Catalonia.
The man’s 88-year-old boyfriend, a Swiss national, was thought to have been terminally ill and died in Switzerland.
Police believe the man had died three weeks before his body was found on the passenger seat of a car being driven in Catalonia.
The incident took place at a checkpoint which the French border police were carrying out in Le Boulou. According to police, they saw the man turn his car around and drive in the opposite direction.
The French police alerted the Mossos d’Esquadra and several traffic patrols began to search for the vehicle, which had an accident in Jafre, Catalonia.
Officers found the man did not want to get out of the car and they began to question him before he gave several stories, including one that he had turned around because he did not have a PCR test.
Officers then pulled off a cover that was on the passenger seat and found a corpse underneath in an advanced state of decomposition, wearing a seat belt.
According to sources in the investigation, the passenger, pending confirmation in the post-mortem, could have been dead for more than three weeks.
The suspect, based on evidence found in the vehicle, had been driving for several days in various towns in Spain, including Madrid.
A spokesman for the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police confirmed: “After stopping the vehicle a body was found inside, in the passenger seat next to the driver, which doesn’t appear to present signs of any criminality.
“An investigation is ongoing.”
The arrested driver is being held at a police station in La Bisbal d’Emporda ahead of a court appearance.