College Student Name Checks GTA After Dumb Crime Spree

If you do something really stupid in life, you might try rolling the dice by blaming your favorite video games in the hopes that some foolish judge might buy into the theory. That's what we think 20-year-old college student Zachary Burgess is hoping for, but we're not sure. According to a report on WVTM-TV 13, officers were called to the Tigerland-area (a neighborhood in the city of Baton Rouge) to investigate reports of an erratic driver and a possibly stolen vehicle on September 21, 2013 at around 2:30am.

"We responded to numerous reports of hit-and-runs in the parking lot of a local bar," Cpl. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department, said. "The vehicle was found abandoned a few yards away from the scene and a group of witnesses were holding the suspect at the location when officers arrived."

Witnesses at the scene claim that the truck's owner left it running in the parking lot of a local bar, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat waiting for him. The suspect allegedly got in the truck and tried to steal it. Police say the suspect began ramming parked guys that blocked his exit and would not let the family passenger exit the vehicle. Eventually she was able to jump out of the truck while the suspect was in the process of ramming a total of nine parked cars.

After being apprehended by police, Burgess allegedly told an officer that he "wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto."

We don't know if Burgess was being sarcastic with police or not, but the charges are quite real: he was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, nine counts of hit-and-run, and simple kidnapping. He was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail the next day after posting bond.

Source: WVTM-TV 13

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    BearDogg-X says:

    Correction to the headline: The college student goes to Auburn University in Alabama and was only in Baton Rouge for the Auburn-LSU game.

    I think the guy only claimed GTA to cover for his likely underage drinking.

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    djnforce9 says:

    While that scene does sound like something you would do in a GTA game, it is stupid that this person would think that he can blame IT and be absolved of all charges. Is he really so stupid that he expected to be able to play a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto without any consequences?

    In GTA, you can crash into cars and the drivers will just honk and then keep on going like nothing happened at all. Nobody should be attributing that to real life whereby even making a single DENT in someone else's car will cost you greatly and hijacking a vehicle IS a very serious offense and not something one does to get a ride quickly. The charges against him speak for themselves.

    This is WHY we have games like GTA in the first place. You can have some outrageous fun consequence free and nobody actually gets hurt. Keep those actions inside the game!

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