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Pokemon Go player crashes into police while trying to 'catch 'em all'

Published 20/07/2016

A Pokemon Go player in Baltimore took his desire to "catch them all" a step too far while behind the wheel when he crashed into a police car - and the whole incident was caught on an officer's camera.

Officers were standing on the pavement on Monday when the Toyota RAV-4 hit their car, which was just feet away from them, at speed.

Pokémon first gripped the world in the 1990s as on Nintendo's Game Boy.
Pokémon first gripped the world in the 1990s as on Nintendo's Game Boy.

The driver admitted he was looking down playing Pokemon Go on his mobile phone when he hit the vehicle.

In the video above, the driver steps out and shows the officers his phone, saying: "That's what I get for playing this dumb... game."

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Police spokesman TJ Smith said charges have not been filed but police are working with prosecutors.

No-one was hurt, but Mr Smith called on players to pay attention to their surroundings and avoid distractions while driving.

Nintendo shares rocket

Shares in Nintendo jumped 14% on Tuesday as the soaring  popularity of the augmented reality smartphone app showed no sign of abating.

The computer games giant's share price closed at 31,700 yen (£226.69), meaning its market value has now more than doubled to 4.5 trillion yen (£32 billion) since it was launched in America on July 6.

It comes after the Japanese company recorded its biggest gain since revealing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1983 when shares closed up 24.5% at 20,260 Japanese yen (£152.28) on July 11.

Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game for smartphones and successor to Nintendos smash-hit Game Boy games from the 1990s. Graphic shows how the game works
Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game for smartphones and successor to Nintendos smash-hit Game Boy games from the 1990s. Graphic shows how the game works

Neil Wilson, markets analyst at ETX Capital, warned that the firm could be entering "bubble territory" and its rally may start to falter soon.

He said: "The increase in the firm's market capitalisation - which has doubled to 42 billion US dollars - means it's bigger than Hermes, Sony, Yahoo and Glencore.

"But we're in bubble territory now - the stock's vertiginous rally may not last. What goes up this fast usually comes down with a bump.

"Pokemon Go is a game-changer for Nintendo - a clear sign that it's embraced the smartphone gaming revolution."

But he added: "To old City hacks, the share's bounce looks a little overdone and it's broken so far clear of any support levels that a fall could be nasty for those who bought into the rally."

PSNI warning

On Monday the PSNI issued a warning after a road user was caught trying to catch Pokemon in her car with her little sister while driving along at a dangerously slow 15mph.

A post on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page read: "We too are loving trying to 'catch em all' but please folks, be careful.

"I've come across groups of kids out in the dark, cars parked up in weird and wonderful places and the most frightening, someone cruising slowly about in the car because her wee sister wanted to catch some Pokemon."

It continued: "Pokemon Go is not designed to be played from a vehicle that's moving on a road. This is a massive road safety issue, at best, it's careless.

"You can't cruise about the road at 15mph, its far too dangerous folks, regardless of the time of day.

"Have fun, catch as many as you can, and get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts. And if anyone can tell me where there's a Pikachu (one of the most sought after rare Pokemon) ... it'd be much appreciated."

This is now the second warning Craigavon police have issued after receiving a 999 call about a lost Pokemon last week.

In an exasperated online post they said: "OK, we get it, a lot of people have caught the Pokemon Go bug.

"If you have, great, but a couple of points from ourselves: 'I need help catching this Pokemon' is not really a police matter, and definitely not one for the 999.

"If you find one near a road, look left and right before crossing, rather than staring just at the screen and aimlessly wandering. Pokemon may be virtual reality, but cars are very real, and very sore."

They added: "So, if you're Pokemon Go-ing out in public, please watch where you're going. Don't set your phone down or make yourself a target for pickpockets or thieves.

"Finally, 'But there's a Zubat in there' is not an excuse for breaking into someone's house, or even wandering round their property.

"Make sure you have permission from any property owner before you go hunting."

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