"GTA made me do it!"

An apparently delusional man in his 30’s dragged police into a 55-minute real-life car chase, believing he could successfully outrun them, as he had done several times playing Grand Theft Auto. What’s really bad is during the police’s pursuit, parole evader Tyrone McMillan had his girlfriend’s 11-year old daughter and 10-year old niece in the backseat–they were able to jump off the car while it was moving. Police eventually caught McMillan, who told them he thought he could pull off the stunt just like he did with the game.

Tyrone McMillan was taken into custody last year after leading police on a car chase when officers attempted to pull him over for a parole violation. After slamming into two cars, McMillan told police that he thought he could outrun them because he played games from Rockstar’s controversial Grand Theft Auto franchise.

I’d still maintain that incidents like these are the exception rather than the norm. But games and even movies, do indeed entail a little suspension of disbelief, and I guess with some people, this extends into real life. Games of late have become too realistic that some people just couldn’t distinguish between what is real and not.

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