A teen playing Pokemon Go on his phone while driving crashed into a Baltimore police car and it was all caught on an officers body cam!
The video was released by the Baltimore Police Department and shows several officers standing near a police car.
A Toyota Rav 4 races toward them and slams into a a police car parked just a few feet from the officers, almost sliding into them.
The driver stops a few car lengths down the road and the officers asks if everyone is OK. The driver, exits the vehicle with his cell phone his cellphone saying, “That’s what I get for playing this dumb— game,”
ABC News reports:
No injuries were reported. The driver wasn’t identified in the video and police did not say if he was facing any charges. At a news conference Tuesday, Baltimore Police said the accident could have been worse.
“It’s a game, but it’s not a game when you’re behind the wheel,” public information officer T.J. Smith said. “This could have easily, easily been a tragedy.”
Pokemon Go has become nationwide phenomenon almost overnight.
The game is played on smartphones and Pokemon characters appear on the players phone with the realtime surroundings.
The game has been credited with getting kids out of the house and exploring, but has also caused some other issues.
During the press conference, Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith stated that the police car incident was one of a few Pokemon Go incidents in Baltimore that week.
There had been multiple incidents of stolen phones stolen while playing the game earlier in the week.
“Way too many people have their heads buried in their phones trying to catch a Pokemon, and the criminals are catching them,” Smith said.
He warned that Pokemon players should stay alert and be aware of their surroundings.
Everything we do has a risk. Eating, driving, just living! Carelessness always raises the risk. Be careful players, and DON”T play while driving!