"That's What I Get For Playing This Dumbass Game" Pokemon Go Player Hits Cop Car

The Pokemon Go craze has taken the world by force, sending people armed with smartphones out into far-flung areas in order to collect virtual creatures. However, the augmented reality app has its downsides – just ask the young Baltimore man who crashed into a stationary cop car because he was so distracted by the game.

A Baltimore police officer captured the unbelievable footage thanks to his bodycam. In the clip, the officers can be seen chatting on the sidewalk, having just finished responding to another call, when a Toyota RAV4 careens into their parked cruiser.

The sudden impact sends the officers momentarily scrambling for cover as their car lurches onto the sidewalk. As the officers approach the offending vehicle to check for any injuries, the guilty driver steps out of the car and holds up his phone as an explanation.

“That’s what I get for playing this dumbass game,” the driver says. He was apparently searching for Pokemon in the area, some of which can only be found in certain real-life locations and require the player to be physically present. 

The Baltimore Police Department issued a warning against playing Pokemon Go while driving. “It's a game, but it's not a game when you're behind the wheel,” spokesman TJ Smith said at a news conference the following day. “This could have easily, easily been a tragedy.”

Smith also noted that the game might lead people to unsuspectingly wander into crime-ridden areas and make them easy targets for criminals. On Tuesday, a teenaged player from North Carolina was stabbed and another assaulted in an unfamiliar downtown locale by an assailant who is still at large.