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GPS 'failure' misguides Belgian woman

The lady set out to drive 38 miles to Brussels using her satnav - but arrived in Zagreb, Croatia, 2 days and 900 miles later.

The 67-year-old was reported missing to police by her son last week - but claimed that she had 'distractedly' driven to Croatia after entering a Brussels address into her satnav.

She had intended to travel from her home town of Solre-sur-Sambre to pick up a friend in Brussels but absent-mindedly noticed that her GPS was sending her on a strange route.

It seems that she didn't question the fact that she was travelling through France and Germany, and just 'kept her foot down'.

She also had to refuel twice on her journey, caused a minor accident and slept a few hours behind the wheel on the side of the road.

After she was reported missing, Belgian police searched her home and were about to launch a full scale manhunt - when she phoned home to say she was in Zagreb.

The woman later explained that she did not notice anything wrong until she suddenly arrived in Zagreb - and realised that she was no longer in Belgium. She added that she was 'just distracted and preoccupied'.

Details from The Telegraph below . .

  • 14 January 2013
  • LNLG

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