Game Over For Man Who Allegedly Went on ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Crime Spree

Sep 25, 2013 6:00am

It was game over for an Auburn University lacrosse player who police allege went on a real-life crime spree inspired by the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto.”

Zachary Burgess’ alleged night of mayhem came to an end Saturday at 2:24 a.m., when police in Baton Rouge, La., arrested the 20-year-old.

According to an arrest report, Burgess stole a parked and running truck while a passenger sat inside of the vehicle and began to drive wildly around a parking lot.

The female passenger was “forcibly held” in the truck due to Burgess’ “erratic and dangerous driving,” according to the arrest report.

The havoc didn’t stop there. Burgess struck nine vehicles while behind the wheel of the stolen truck, police said.

“After each of the nine vehicles were struck, by the Defendant’s driving, he fled the scene of the accidents with no signs of him intending to [return] the truck to the rightful owner,” the report said.

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,” NBC affiliate WVLA reported.

Burgess faces charges of auto theft, simple kidnapping and nine counts of hit and run. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Burgess was released on Sunday after posting bond, police said.

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 Zachary Burgess (Courtesy East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)

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