Driver playing Pokemon Go crashes into Australian school

The classroom at St Francis Xavier College damaged by the Pokemon Go-playing driver.
JUSTIN MCMANUS

The classroom at St Francis Xavier College damaged by the Pokemon Go-playing driver.

A 19-year-old man has crashed his car into a school while playing Pokemon Go in Melbourne, Australia.

Police believe the man was trying to catch a Pokemon on the popular mobile app when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into St Francis Xavier College's Berwick campus on Thursday evening.

The man, who presumably wanted to be the best there ever was, overshot a roundabout on Ridgemont Drive and smashed through a fence before hitting an empty portable classroom at the Catholic secondary college. 

Damage at St Francis Xavier College in Berwick.
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Damage at St Francis Xavier College in Berwick.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

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VicRoads signs are targeting drivers tempted by the popular Nintendo video game.
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VicRoads signs are targeting drivers tempted by the popular Nintendo video game.

 

"The 19-year-old did not level up nor collect any stardust or candies only debris from the crash," police spokeswoman Julie-Anne Newman said. 

"Any 'Poke balls', eggs or potions the driver may have had remaining only attracted police, leaving the wild Pokemon for another day," she added. 

She said the driver is expected to be charged on summons in relation to careless "and frankly onix-eptable" driving.

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The Berwick bingle comes only days after VicRoads warned motorists not to "Pokemon and go", with more than 40 electronic signs on display around Melbourne.

The Berwick crash is not the first accident caused by a driver playing Pokemon Go.

A man was caught on camera crashing into a police car in Baltimore in the United States, because his focus was on catching 'em all. 

The driver, who escaped unscathed, got out of the car and quickly confessed he was playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel.

"That's what I get for playing this dumb-ass game," he told officers, before apologising.

Meanwhile, authorities in Japan are asking for the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone to be classified a no-go area for Pokemon. 

At least one of the "augmented reality" game's characters was reportedly found within the exclusion zone.

Japan's nuclear regulator sent out a warning to national energy providers telling them to tighten security after three Pokemon-obsessed teenagers managed to make their way onto a nuclear power site in Ohio in the US. 

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has filed an official request with Pokemon Go developer Niantic to change the game's settings so that no virtual characters appear within any of the company's nuclear power plants. 

The company has banned employees from playing Pokemon Go on site.

 - The Age

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