Driver slams into Baltimore cop car while playing Pokemon Go – USA TODAY
Baltimore Police say a driver distracted by the Pokemon Go app hit a police car early Monday morning.
Baltimore Police Department
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 aÂ 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.
âThatâs what I get for playing this dumb—Â game,â the man saysÂ to the officers.
Pokemon Go has become a summer phenomenon, a game played on smartphones in which characters are projected on the screen amidÂ 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 spokesmanÂ T.J. Smith said the police car run-in wasn’t the first Pokemon Go incident in Baltimore this week.
He said multiple people hadÂ their phones stolen while playing the game in two separate incidentsÂ earlier this week.
“Way too many people have their heads buried in their phones trying to catch a Pokemon, and the criminals are catching them,â Smith said.
He noted that no one was injured when the Pokemon Go player crashed into the police car, but he said people should be aware that playing the game while driving is dangerous.
“This is no different than texting and driving, changing a CD,Â putting on makeup or eating a sandwich,” he said.Â “You have to pay attention while driving.”
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Contributing:Â Kimiya Manoochehri
Baltimore Police say a driver distracted by the Pokemon Go app hit a police car early Monday morning. No officers were in the car, and nobody appeared to be hurt. Police are warming Pokemon players to stay alert and aware of their surroundings. (July 20)