Pokémon Go has certainly taken the world by storm but it looks like the addictive mobile game is proving too distracting for some. Baltimore Police released footage on Tuesday (19 July) of a man crashing into a parked police car while he played the game behind the wheel.
The incident took place at 3.30am on Monday 18 July. No police officers were inside the car when the Toyota RAV4 struck it but the scene was captured by an officer's body cam as he stood on the pavement.
Baltimore Police released the video in a tweet saying: "#PokemonGO is not all fun and games", ending with the hashtag #Playsafe. The video states that the officers had just finished a call for service in the 2,900 block of eastern avenue in the city.
The video also says that the driver of the RAV4 "told investigators he was looking down, playing the Pokémon Go game, when he struck the patrol car". After the crash, the officer approaches the car and asks if the occupants are ok. The driver exits the vehicle saying: "That's what I get for playing this dumb a** game."
It's not only the US that is seeing dangerous driving due to the successful mobile game. Police in Sydney, Australia warned that drivers caught playing the game would receive a fine and points on their licence – this came after the force caught two people driving while playing the game within the space of a single hour.