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A 20-year-old male from Alabama has been arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after living out his fantasy of playing the Grand Theft Auto video game in real life.

NBC33 News reports Auburn University freshman lacrosse player Zachary Burgess was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, simple kidnapping and nine counts of hit-and-run after wanting to see “what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto”.

According to witnesses of the incident, Burgess jumped into a stationary but running truck in a car park after the owner stopped and exited the vehicle.

The owner’s female passenger was left in the truck and was carried along for the ride as Burgess tried to leave the car park.

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Corporal Don Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department saidthere were several cars blocking the way when he tried to flee the parking lot.

“He began ramming into the parked cars,” Coppola said.

Burgess allegedly struck a total of nine vehicles before fleeing the scene.

During questioning, Burgess allegedly told an officer that he “wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto”, the latest instalment of which has just been released.

Burgess was released the following day after his US$80,000 ($85,000) bond was posted.




  • Liam Sullivan

    I’ll say that although I love GTAV, they did go a bit far in how much violence was in that game…what comes as a surprise is how they even manage to release in Australia (Yes, it got an R – rating but I’ve seen other games more violent banned). I know this isn’t ‘car’ news so I am sorry if I bother anyone :P
    In all honesty though…you have to be an idiot to think that what happens in a game, can be re-created in real life without any consequences. This is why we can’t have nice things xD

  • Billy

    he looks hawt

  • MisterZed

    Video games do not cause violence.

    • racrepus

      Of course not. People were violent long before the invention of computer games.

    • NarpasSword

      Damn straight. People here DO realise that this criminal just used GTA V as a poor excuse for committing his actions, right?

      • RubyRuby

        Oh no, aside from carjacking, ramming parked cars and recklessly driving through traffic this guy is a saint I tell ya!

  • Bob

    If he was crazy enough to commit a crime like this in the first place, he would have done it eventually… With or without GTA.

  • Franklin

    He looks like a young Trevor.

  • Marc

    he is clearly stoned

    • RubyRuby

      He’s clearly got mental issues.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Why didn’t he hide in an alley? That will reduce your wanted level. Amateur!

  • Qball

    Let’s see, “freshman lacrosse”, wearing a shirt like that and being able to post an $85K bond?

    Rich daddy’s boy.
    If this dude was anything else, US cops would have shot him in the face.