A Pokemon Go enthusiast slammed into a Baltimore police car while playing the game on his phone early Monday morning, according to authorities.
In body-camera video released by the Baltimore Police Department, several officers are seen standing near a police car as a Toyota Rav 4 slams into the cruiser and continues driving.
In the video, an officer runs after the vehicle, which stops near the end of the block, and the driver gets out of his car.
The officer asks if everyone is OK, and the driver, whose face is blurred in the clip, shows the police officers his cellphone.
“That’s what I get for playing this dumb— game,” the man says to the officers.
Pokemon Go has become a summer phenomenon, a game played on smartphones in which characters are projected on the screen amid the player’s actual surroundings. The goal of the game is to capture the animated figures. Unlike past app-based games, Pokemon Go is being credited with coaxing kids and adults to exercise by getting them outside to play. But it also has landed players in hot water.
During a Tuesday press conference, Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said the police car run-in wasn’t the first Pokemon Go incident in Baltimore this week.
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SOURCE: Mary Bowerman
USA TODAY Network