Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This footage shows a car in the middle of a church aisle after the owner of a head shop crashed it through the door and reportedly claimed he had been possessed by the devil and could only be safe next to the altar.
The incident took place at around 1am in the morning in the municipality of Sonseca in the province of Toledo in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha in central Spain.
According to the spokesman for the local police Mariano Perea, the unnamed man crashed his Jeep into the door of the San Juan Evangelista church but he could not break through the first time.
Reports said that an unnamed woman went to the car to check on the driver because she thought he had had an accident but he lowered his window and scared her away by shouting at her.
The woman then reportedly called the emergency services while the driver continued ramming into the church door until he broke through it and drove into the building.
Spanish Civil Guard agents reportedly found the man visibly disturbed next to the altar while he claimed he was possessed by the devil and he could only be safe there.
The images show how he smashed the front door of the church before driving up to the altar, damaging the furniture in the church.
Reports state some witnesses told local media the man had done drugs and he could have suffered a psychotic outbreak.
The driver was transferred to the Virgen de la Salud de Toledo hospital with several injuries and he remains under doctors’ observation. He has had drug and alcohol tests done but it is unclear if the results were positive.
No other people were reported as injured in the incident.
According to local authorities, the case is being investigated and the driver might be arrested in the following days.
The driver is reportedly the owner of a shop specialised in products related to the cultivation and use of cannabis which is located some 800 metres away from the church.
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