College Student wanted to see what GTA Would be like in the Real World

I have played all the Grand Theft Auto games, excluding only the latest version because it hasn’t come out on the PC yet. However, I am mentally stable enough to know that in real life you don’t steal a car, ram other cars, kidnap a girl and just regenerate at the starting point. According to NBC News though Zachary Burgess is a freshman lacrosse player at Auburn University didn’t quiet understand the concept of the “real life”.

Read the below excerpts from the NBC article and be prepared to fist palm yourself multiple times.


According to the arrest report, the incident happened on Saturday, Sept. 21 shortly before 2:30 a.m. Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department were called to the Tigerland-area in response to a stolen vehicle and erratic driver.

“We responded to numerous reports of hit-and-runs in the parking lot of a local bar,” Cpl. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department, said. “The vehicle was found abandoned a few yards away from the scene and a group of witnesses were holding the suspect at the location when officers arrived.”

Witnesses say the owner of the truck pulled up in the parking lot of the bar and got out of the vehicle. He left the truck running and a female passenger was sitting in a truck alone. Then, the suspect, Zachary Burgess, 20, of Hoover, Alabama, got in and tried to steal the vehicle.

“When he tried to flee the parking lot there were several cars blocking the way,” Cpl. Coppola said. “He began ramming into the parked cars.”

The female in the vehicle was reportedly being held in the truck against will. She claims that Burgess “forcibly” held her captive in the truck.

“The passenger was able to jump out of the vehicle and get to safety,” Cpl. Coppola said.

Burgess allegedly struck a total of nine vehicles.

“He fled the scene of the accidents with no signs of him intending to return the truck to the rightful owner,” the report noted.

During questioning Burgess allegedly told an officer that he “wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto.”