“Drunk” driver, 24, drove half a mile with a “mutilated corpse” of a pedestrian he struck dead before stopping at a beer garden for a drink
- Paul Joseph Garcia, 24, was arrested Saturday for alleged murder of pedestrians
- Austin police said Garcia drove about half a mile with the mutilated body in the car
- The man, who was not identified, had extreme head injuries and some parts of the body were detached, according to the authorities
- Cops said after Garcia hit the person, he then stopped in a beer garden for a drink
- He was accused of intoxication manslaughter and accidental injury
A “drunk” driver was arrested after police said he had hit a pedestrian in Austin, Texas, kept driving about half a mile with the mutilated body in the car, and then went to a beer garden.
Paul Joseph Garcia, 24, stayed Tuesday at the Travis County Correctional Complex Tuesday on charges of intoxication manslaughter and accidental injury.
An arrest statement says that witnesses have told officers that the incident occurred Saturday night at 10:36 PM.
Paul Garcia, 24, was arrested after police said he had killed a pedestrian in Texas and kept driving about half a mile with the mutilated body in the car. Authorities said Garcia did not pass austerity tests and was arrested for intoxication manslaughter and accidental injury
Witnesses said they saw Garcia’s Ford Focus, without headlights and recklessly driving at high speed, hit a man pushing a shopping cart and then driving.
The statement says that the body of the pedestrian, not mentioned, went through the windshield and was found in the passenger seat.
According to the affidavit, the pedestrian said extreme head injuries and some parts of the body were detached.
The statement said that after getting out of the car, Garcia walked barefoot to the South Austin Beer Garden on 10700 Menchaca Road.
Employees of the establishment did not serve Garcia alcohol.
David Pearce, told the beer garden co-owener KXAN that his staff recognized that something was immediately wrong.
The statement said that after getting out of the car, Garcia barefooted the South Austin Beer Garden (photo) on 10700 Menchaca Road. Employees of the establishment did not serve Garcia alcohol
“We didn’t know what problems he was in, we just knew it was bad,” Pearce said.
According to Pearce, Garcia was “in tears.”
“He was desperate. In a panic. You saw that he had tears in his eyes and it looked like he was running away from something, “Pearce added.
When officers found Garcia, they discovered blood tests and other debris on him that corresponded to the “blood and body tissue found in the interior of the vehicle.”
Authorities also conducted austerity tests on Garcia and determined that he had alcohol or drugs in his system.
According to the Statesman, Car and body parts stood half a mile along the road from where the pedestrian was hit.
Police said in the statement that the evidence in the way, including the lack of brake signs, was consistent with a pedestrian hit on Menchaca Road.
“The collision with the vehicle pushed the cart into a cluster of mailboxes with sufficient force to bend a galvanized steel pole with a diameter of two inches that supported mailboxes,” the statement says.
Garcia was held on a $ 110,000 bond. Prison lists do not mention a lawyer for him.
So far, six pedestrians have been killed on roads in Austin this year.
A total of 35 pedestrians were beaten and killed in 2019 and 31 were killed in 2018, data show.