One of the amusing footnotes to the otherwise tragic Gizmondo saga is the legal travails of Bo Stefan Eriksson, a former executive at the handheld's now-bankrupt parent company. In February 2006, the alleged Swedish mafia associate was fished from the wreckage of a rare Ferrari Enzo, which currently sell for around $1 million each. When explaining how the car crashed at over 120 miles per hour, Eriksson claimed a German man named "Dietrich" was driving the vehicle when it crashed. The Swede--who was legally drunk--told law enforcement officers that he didn't know Dietrich's last name or his post-crash whereabouts.
Unsurprisingly, police were skeptical of Eriksson's story, and he eventually pled no contest to driving under the influence and gun possession. Over the weekend, though, the LA County Sheriff's Department apprehended someone it suspects of being the real Dietrich. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that authorities have arrested 26-year-old Trevor Michael Karney on charges of resisting arrest, giving false information to police, and an unrelated DUI charge.
The LACSD told the Times that it suspects Karney of being the passenger in the Enzo when it crashed. He allegedly was filming Eriksson going over 160 mph when the accident occurred. After briefly sitting in the car of a passer-by--who later reported finding a loaded handgun clip under the seat--Karney is said to have fled the scene, eventually hiding out on the yacht of another ex-Gizmondo executive, Carl Freer.
The Times reports Karney also faces possible immigration charges for leaving the country for Ireland and then illegally sneaking back in through Mexico. His bail has been set at $60,000.