Grand Theft Auto game inspires boy to lead police on dangerous car chase

A boy led police on a dangerous car chase after playing Grand Theft Auto.

A boy led police on a dangerous car chase after playing Grand Theft Auto.

A Canadian boy led police on a dangerous car chase after playing Grand Theft Auto (GTA).

The 11-year-old driver took his parents' car onto the motorway in Ontario on November 28, the Telegraph reported.

Motorists spotted him driving erratically and alerted the authorities, Ontario Provincial Police said.

The boy "wanted to see what it was like to drive a car" after playing the Grand Theft Auto video game police said.

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"It was an 11-year-old child who thought it would be a good idea to take his parents' family minivan out for a test drive because he had just finished playing a session of Grand Theft Auto," Sgt Kerry Schmidt said.

"The games that you play are fun and pretend. As much as they put realism into it and they make it feel like it's real.

"You can't drive 200km down the highway, smash into a building, smash into some other cars, and whatever else you are going to hit, then reset your game and have your vehicle fixed and nothing happens.

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"In the real world, if you crash your car, if you hit a garbage can, you hit a pot hole, you hit a bump, you hit something ... you can hurt yourself or you can easily kill someone.

"GTA is not the way to learn how to drive".

He said the incident could have been "an absolute tragedy". 

in 2014, a study found no evidence linking video games to violent crimes. 

 - Stuff

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