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Man charged with reckless driving after playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in Rock Hill

staff reports, The Herald

A man holds his smartphone as he uses the “Pokémon Go” mobile phone application while driving.
A man holds his smartphone as he uses the “Pokémon Go” mobile phone application while driving. FILE

Police heard squealing tires in the parking lot of the Pump House restaurant before a man driving a Toyota Camry sped through while playing “Pokemon Go.”

Officers were patrolling on foot near the riverside restaurant Saturday when they spotted the man. Police used a strobe flashlight to get him to stop.

The driver said he got angry while playing the “Pokemon Go” game on his cell phone, according to a Rock Hill Police report. The game uses GPS technology and lets players find and “capture” Pokemon characters roaming around real-life areas.

He admitted to drinking two beers at the restaurant an hour prior to the stop but it was not enough to fail a sobriety test.

The man was charged with reckless driving due to his “wanton disregard for the restaurant property,” the report states.

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