Driver charged with killing pedestrian ‘after taking mangled corpse to pub’

A driver has allegedly been stopped in a pub beer garden with the "mangled corpse" of a dead pedestrian in his car.

Texan cops allege Paul Joseph Garcia, 24, drove the remains of victim, who went through the windscreen of his Ford Focus, in his passenger seat for around half a mile.

Citing an arrest affidavit, The Austin American Statesman reports some of the victim's body parts had detached and debris was strewn along the road.

The report says the victim was pushing a shopping trolley around 10.40pm on Saturday in South Austin, when they were hit and sustained fatal head injuries.

Local reports say the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Menchaca Road.

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Garcia then kept on driving “with a mangled corpse in the vehicle”, the document states.

Cops report he then then caused alarm when he got out the car and went into a South Austin Beer Garden without any shoes on.

Cops say he walked “in a manner that caught the attention of the other patrons" and was refused alcohol at the bar.

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Police later found Garcia was covered in blood and body tissue matching that of the victim inside his car.

He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and accident involving injury on Tuesday and is on a $110,000 (£85,000) bail at Travis County Correctional Complex.

Speaking about the incident co-owner of the beer garden David Pearce said told KXAN: "We didn’t know what kind of trouble he was in, we just knew it was bad.

“He was in tears. He was distraught and in a panicked state."

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