Body Cam Captures Distracted Driver Smashing Into Parked Police Car While Playing Pokemon Go
Don't Pokemon Go and drive.
That's the message the Baltimore Police Department is trying to spread after a body camera caught an alleged distracted driver crashing into a parked patrol car.
Three officers were standing on the street at 3 a.m. Monday morning next to their parked patrol car when, out of nowhere, a Toyota RAV 4 could be seen coming down the street and crashing into the car.
Luckily, no one was inside the cruiser.
The car immediately pulled over further down the block, and officers then approached the driver to ask if anyone was hurt.
"That's what I get for playing this dumb a** game," the unidentified driver can be heard saying in body camera footage as he emerges out of the driver's seat and holds up his phone with the game displayed on the screen.
Officials told InsideEdition.com there were two other passengers in the car, and all three of them appeared to be in their late teens.
In a Tuesday news conference, Baltimore Police spokesperson T. J. Smith said no one was injured from the incident, although it could have been a lot worse.
"This is no different than texting and driving," Smith said, including that if the officers or a pedestrian been in the path of the alleged distracted driver, they could have sustained "serious or life threatening injuries."
Officers are not identifying the suspect at this time, and charges are pending.
Smith also said this was not the first instance where the game posed a danger their city.
In two separate instances, victims were lured to isolated areas in Baltimore last week, where armed suspects ordered them to give up their phones.
"You can't aimlessly wander around and play a game on your cell phone," Smith said. "There are way too many people that have their heads buried in their phones, trying to catch Pokemon, and criminals are catching you."
Ironically, in Michigan, the reverse is happening.
A 26-year-old man wanted for allegedly failing to appear in court was arrested after being spotted playing Pokemon Go outside the Milford Police Department.
According to The Detroit News, the man unknowingly rode his bicycle down to the station in his pajama pants in search of a Pokemon gym when authorities recognized him, and took him into custody.
But that's not the only Pokemon Go fanatic that found himself somewhere he shouldn't have been as a result of the game's use of GPS.
A young couple now faces charges of criminal trespassing after reportedly entering an Ohio zoo after closing hours in search of Pokemon.
According to police officers, the 25-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were found sitting by the zoo's tiger exhibit when Toledo police apprehended them.