Pokemón Go has been the cause of a variety of unexpected problems since it launched several weeks ago, including finding dead bodies, being shot at, and being led off of a cliff. Now we can add a new one to the list: inadvertently slamming into a police cruiser.
Three police officers in Baltimore had just finished a call for service and were standing on the sidewalk when a Toyota RAV4 slammed into their parked patrol car. When the driver got out, he apologized profusely, explaining he had been looking down and playing Pokemón Go when he crashed. The whole incident was captured on the officer's body camera, and the footage was posted to the police department's Twitter account.
"That's what I get for playing this dumb ass game," the Pokemón-playing driver said.
While no officers were in the patrol car at the time of impact and none of the passengers of the Pokemón vehicle were injured, car accidents across the U.S. are being attributed to the game. One New York user had a particularly dangerous crash when he struck a tree while playing the game last week. It may sound like an obvious rule, but police in departments from Detroit to London are reminding drivers not to play the game while driving.