- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A police body-cam video recently captured a driver plowing into a parked police car in Baltimore while playing the wildly popular “Pokemon Go” smartphone game, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The Baltimore City Police Department put footage of the early Monday crash on its Twitter page.

“#PokemonGO is not all fun and games. Here is a video of a distracted driver who struck one of our cars. #PlaySafe,” tweeted the police department, including a nearly 90-second video of the incident.

The police video concludes with an onscreen graphic depicting a handheld smartphone with Pokemon Go on the screen inside a red-circle prohibited sign. “Don’t Drive Distracted. #PlaySafe” reads the photo caption.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith said the accident wasn’t the first “Pokemon Go”-related incident in the city this week, citing multiple reports of people mugged for their smartphones while playing the game, USA Today reported.

But at least one Twitter user questioned the police’s level of culpability for Monday’s crash.

“Is it safe to park a car in a crossing and half on the road without any illumination?” wondered user @m4mb0, referring to how the parked police cruiser in the video did not have its emergency lights on at the time it was struck, which, according to the video was “approximately 3:30 a.m.”

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