Police officials in Winnipeg say that renegade teens have taken to crashing stolen cars into officers.
According to a report by the Canadian Press, three officers have been injured recently while attempting to pull over stolen cars, including one incident in which a pickup truck rammed a police vehicle. No information was provided on any additional incidents, although there are said to be a total of nine.
Sgt. Doug Safioles, who heads the auto theft squad, said:
They’ll tell you: ‘It’s like [the] best video game, but better, in the whole world.’ They get behind a $60,000 high-end vehicle and drive as fast as they want.
No specific video game was mentioned. But Liz Wolff, a therapist, related the car thefts to Manitoba’s high poverty rate, not video games:
These kids don’t have a shot in hell. Their lives have no hope. They don’t have a lot of expectations about their life.