Auburn fan jailed in ‘Grand Theft Auto’ mayhem

Zachary Burgess (Photo by San Andreas Police Department)

Zachary Burgess (Photo by San Andreas Police Department)

Video game players love realism, but one fan of the Grand Theft Auto franchise wanted it a little too real.

Auburn football fan Zachary Burgess, of Hoover, Ala., allegedly stole a car, kidnapped a woman and rammed nine cars prior to his team’s tilt with LSU Saturday.

Burgess, 20, a freshman lacrosse player at Auburn, told Baton Rouge police he “wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto.”

According to the local NBC station, Burgess jumped into the driver’s seat of a truck the owner had left with the engine running. A female in the passenger seat said she was held against her will as Burgess punched the gas and slammed into multiple cars while trying to flee the parking lot.

The woman managed to leap out of the car during the mayhem.

Burgess, who can’t drive as well as Franklin, abandoned the vehicle nearby and was held by a “group of witnesses” until police arrived. Hopefully they were LSU fans.

Burgess is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, nine counts of hit-and-run and simple kidnapping. He was released on a $40,000 bond Sunday, the day after he missed watching his team get beaten by a 35-21 score.

If you live in Hoover, Ala., and don’t like the way Burgess drives, stay off the sidewalks.

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33 comments Add your comment

Can't We All Just Get Along

September 24th, 2013
10:21 am

Wow, just wow.

glacialspeed

September 24th, 2013
10:34 am

Who’s Franklin?

Thor

September 24th, 2013
10:37 am

What a mow-ron. And I’m an Auburn fan.

tinala50

September 24th, 2013
10:43 am

vOnessa

September 24th, 2013
10:50 am

what a looker! I’ll be his female passenger anytime! come on over here honey!

Donna Outlaw

September 24th, 2013
11:03 am

Yes it was LSU fans that held him. What an idiot and I don’t say that because I live in Baton Rouge and bleed purple and gold. He’s a wacko no matter where he chose to do this. Thankfully, the woman wasn’t hurt when she jumped out of the car. This isn’t about football, it’s about people that are so far into video games which are NOT REAL LIFE but too many young people are becoming disengaged from the reality of what really happens if you take your game into the real world. Also, thankfully he “only” hit vehicles and not people – VERY crowded pedestrian area where he did this especially on weekends so it could have been much worse. Thank God it wasn’t. I’d feel the same way if it had been someone from the BR area that did the same thing.

Me

September 24th, 2013
11:05 am

Concur with the moron thought — And I, too, am an Auburn fan. Matters not, ya just can’t fix stupid. Also, as @glacialspeed asked, “Who’s Franklin”?

Wondering

September 24th, 2013
11:07 am

I can’t find the tie to Auburn in the article. Why is this in the headline?

George Mathis

September 24th, 2013
11:14 am

Auburn is in the headline because that is why the suspect was in Baton Rouge … to watch Auburn football. Franklin is the name of the GTAV character that has the special driving skill.

Bernie31

September 24th, 2013
11:24 am

Surely the Parents are Very Proud of Junior!

You can take the TRASH out of the TRAILER PARK. But you cannot take The Trailer Park Trash with you and everyone not know it!

Donna Outlaw

September 24th, 2013
11:33 am

Also, his bond was reportedly $40,000 according to TV news in Baton Rouge, not $80,000

George Mathis

September 24th, 2013
12:04 pm

Thanks Donna. I found the bond release form and corrected the story.

PR

September 24th, 2013
12:07 pm

Hopefully Auburn will throw his ass out of school. He’s a loser POS AL white trash.

Tim T.

September 24th, 2013
12:37 pm

Sounds like he didn’t make it through the first level but what was his score?

Snarky

September 24th, 2013
12:44 pm

The fact that he was an AU fan is not why he can’t drive well. The fact that he lives in ALABAMA, that is why he drives like he does. Have you ever seen residents of Alabama drive? It’s like something out of the VHS version of “Smokey and the Bandit”

Bill Clinton's Love Child

September 24th, 2013
12:50 pm

“Burgess is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, nine counts of hit-and-run and simple kidnapping.”

And not DUI? I’m having a hard time believing alcohol was not involved.

Bill Clinton's Love Child

September 24th, 2013
12:58 pm

One other observation: He looks like Bo or Luke from the”Dukes of Hazzard” (can’t tell which one he more closely resembles) and apparently was driving like them too. Did he steal a Dodge Charger?

Donna Outlaw

September 24th, 2013
1:02 pm

No problem, George. I am a BR native but lived in the Atlanta area for 15 years and i only state this because so many bash those of us who post from other states especially in The Vent without considering the fact we may have called Georgia “home” for a time. :) As for DUI, since he took the truck from outside a bar in an area of apartment complexes collectively called “Tigerland”, I could only think maybe he made his decision before he went inside the bar. I hope he realizes missing the game isn’t the worst thing that happened.

joe

September 24th, 2013
1:12 pm

Did anyone check to see if this POS is related to Harvey Updyke?

Bernie31

September 24th, 2013
1:12 pm

“Pabst Blue Ribbon and white trash. It’s a deadly combination that can lead to prison time and children being taken away from their homes.” – Television show host

- Quote from South park

joe

September 24th, 2013
1:13 pm

OR the Bama teabagger?

The Geezer

September 24th, 2013
1:37 pm

Enter your comments here

The Geezer

September 24th, 2013
1:38 pm

How long until Auburn signs him to a football scholarship?

Ray

September 24th, 2013
2:07 pm

He looks like a sissy fag. Try that in Athens and queer-boy won’t live to tell about it.

LOL

September 24th, 2013
2:18 pm

Clever photo caption… Made me laugh a bit.

metoo@yahoo.com

September 24th, 2013
2:42 pm

Abot 50 years ago this guy would have been hung from a tree. Now he is a hero to Obama supporters.

metoo@yahoo.com

September 24th, 2013
2:42 pm

About 50 years ago this guy would have been hung from a tree. Now he is a hero to Obama supporters.

SnoozeLoose

September 24th, 2013
2:47 pm

He better get his “likeness” royalty contract in place quick- as the video game producers are going to write him into the next edition- no, wait- he’s Auburn athlete, so he’s already been paid.

MarriedToMyFirstCousin

September 24th, 2013
8:26 pm

Two words: BATH SALTS

Don't Tread

September 24th, 2013
9:21 pm

Drugs never hurt nobody, nosiree.

Do you ever have to hire a lawyer in GTA V? I’m sure prison time isn’t part of the game either.

GaDawg

September 24th, 2013
10:24 pm

He may have taken lessons from Tide Tea Bagger Brian on how to act in public

Bendaho

September 25th, 2013
8:22 am

Hmmm, is there any connection between first person shooter games with mass shootings? (sarc)

Gamer

September 25th, 2013
2:05 pm

Franklin is one of the main characters in the game.