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.
Corporal Don Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department said
there 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.