Pokemon Go causes Baltimore driver to hit a police vehicle while playing

This might be the story that finally gets us to stop playing Pokemon Go while on the go.


We’ve seen Pokemon Go cause some real-life issues since its release, which includes reports of armed robbery and stumbling onto a possible murder. It’s undeniable people are distracted when playing Pokemon Go, and last night, the Baltimore Police Department reported an accident that involved a driver who was distracted by the game.

A not-so-bright Pokemon Trainer decided to play Pokemon Go while driving his Toyota Rav 4 on the streets of Baltimore, which resulted in his vehicle slamming into a police car.

A body-camera video released by the Baltimore Police Department shows several officers standing around a patrol vehicle when the accident occurs. The officer wearing the body camera then runs to the stopped vehicle to see if anyone was hurt. The driver gets out of the vehicle, shows his mobile phone to the officer, and says “That’s what I get for playing this dumb a** game.”

While we’ve heard of car accidents involving Pokemon Go, this is the first time we’ve seen it happen with the driver immediately regretting his decision to do so on video. While we can’t either confirm or deny we’ve played Pokemon Go while behind the wheel of a car, this will probably keep us from doing so in the future.

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    July 20, 2016 9:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Pokemon Go causes Baltimore driver to hit a police vehicle while playing

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      July 20, 2016 9:08 AM

      This is both amusing and depressing. I weep for the human race, but hey, that just leaves more room for the elephants, crows, and dolphins to flourish.

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      July 20, 2016 9:10 AM

      I've seen a bunch of people playing and driving. They slow down near a pokestop staring at the phone in one hand and drive on obliviously.

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      July 20, 2016 9:51 AM

      Poor decision making skills cause Pokemon Go-playing Baltimore driver to hit a police vehicle

      A more accurate headline.

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      July 20, 2016 9:54 AM

      More like: Baltimore driver to hit a police vehicle while playing in Pokemon Go

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      July 20, 2016 9:55 AM

      How does a game make someone drive into another vehicle? Did it tell him to do it? Is he forced to play it? High quality journalism at its best.

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      July 20, 2016 10:03 AM


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      July 20, 2016 10:46 AM

      "to hit a police" seems like weird phrasing. I think I've only heard it said that way on The Wire

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        July 20, 2016 11:19 AM

        A: "Caused to hit police car"

        B: "Caused to hit A police car"

        I vote B.

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          July 20, 2016 11:22 AM

          I'm dumb, somehow the word vehicle was edited out by my eyes. Nothing to see here folks

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        July 20, 2016 2:39 PM

        Baltimore driver hits police vehicle while playing Pokemon Go... Because he's an idiot.

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          July 20, 2016 2:40 PM

          Baltimore man drives into police vehicle while playing Pokemon Go, and get this, he was trying to catch a Pidgey. What a dolt.

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