The Grand Theft Auto video game became a real-life scenario for a 20-year-old Auburn University lacrosse player. Zachary Burgess imitated the Grand Theft Auto game by first stealing a car with a female passenger still inside, according to ABC News on Sept. 25.
Burgess’ night of mayhem started with carjacking a vehicle that had a frightened female passenger hanging on for dear life. He “forcibly held” the woman inside the vehicle with his “erratic and dangerous driving.” He hit nine cars while he was behind the wheel of this stolen truck, fleeing the scene with no intention of returning. Burgess’ real-life “Grand Theft Auto” game came to a stop at about 2:30 a.m. when the Baton Rouge, Louisiana took the video gamer into custody and placed him under arrest.
It was Burgess himself who told the arresting officer that he “wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto. The police obliged by showing the student what it was like in real-life when you lost that game, cold steel bars. He got extra points in the form of charges that will be on his record for life, such as simple kidnapping and nine counts of hit and run.
Burgess also hit the jackpot with the charges of grand theft auto, so he got his wish, but his video game didn't cover the criminal battle he's about to face. He will have to wing this one on his own. This real-life game doesn't come with a joystick to manipulate the outcome.
Fox News live interviewed Burgess' kidnapped passenger and she said that the truck was running while she was waiting for the driver to return. That's when Burgess jumped in and took off with her still in the passenger seat. She couldn't get out because of his erratic driving and the speed of the truck. She said that Burgess, who was a complete stranger to her, had "rage in his eyes" and looked bizarre like he was in a daze.