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“That’s what I get for playing this dumbass game.”
Chalk up another casualty to Pokémon Go, right under being hit by a car and falling off a cliff: A motorist in Baltimore crashed into a parked police cruiser while allegedly trying to catch cartoon monsters behind the wheel.
The accident happened around 3:30 a.m. Monday and was highlighted in a police press conference about recent Pokémon-related mayhem in the city. Video from a body cam shows officers chatting on a corner when a compact SUV careens into the left side of an unoccupied cruiser. Nobody was injured in the accident. Police say the driver indicated he was looking down at his Pokémon app; on the cam video he tells them, “That’s what I get for playing this dumbass game.”
It’s at least the third Pokémon incident to occur in Baltimore this week. Two people were robbed of their phones Sunday while hunting Pokémon. On Monday, three more people had their phones ganked while playing in a park. “They went to that park to catch their Pokémons,” said a police official, “and lo and behold somebody caught them.”