The 33-year-old woman from Brandenburg in east Germany had got out to use a petrol station toilet in the state of Hesse on Thursday evening.
But according to police in the nearby town of Bad Hersfeld her husband drove off believing she was asleep in the back seat of their minibus.
“My first reaction was ‘is he daft’? I had no money or telephone with me,” she told local radio station FFH.
It was not until he reached Braunschweig in Lower Saxony – 200 kilometres away – that he realized his wife was missing after his children became restless in the backseat and he called the police.
The woman told FFH that she had no way of contacting her husband by putting a message out on a radio station because he was listening to a CD by German singer Konstantin Wecker, whose top hits include “Because I Love You”.
Five hours later man and wife were reunited and could push on with the final section of their journey. The incident does not seem to have strained their relationship too much. “I am not annoyed with my husband. He didn’t do it on purpose,” said the woman.
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