Man hits tree and crashes car while playing 'Pokemon Go'

Photo: Auburn, N.Y. Police Department
Photo: Auburn, N.Y. Police Department

- A 28-year-old man was distracted while playing the GPS based game 'Pokemon Go' on his phone. He drove his car off the road and crashed into a tree, police said.

Luckily the man wasn't seriously injured, but the front end of his car was totaled.

The Auburn, N.Y. Police Department released the following statement:

'With the sudden popularity of the recently released mobile phone application/game called “Pokemon Go” the Auburn Police Department would like to remind the public using common sense when playing the game should be paramount above everything else.'

Police offered the following advice to Pokemon Go players:

  • Don't play the game while driving a car or bicycle.

  • Don't trespass on private property just to "catch" a Pokemon.

  • Avoid staring down at your phone and be aware of hazards like roadways, drop-offs and waterways.

  • Be cautious of who you share your location with.

  • Don't travel alone.

'Pokemon Go' is a new popular app. Users who play the GPS-based game use their phones to search for and catch Pokemon.

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