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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