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Auburn lacrosse player charged with 'Grand Theft Auto' spree

Zachary Burgess, 20, reportedly faces 11 counts after stealing truck, hitting vehicles

By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun

12:27 AM EDT, September 27, 2013

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Some college students spend a lot of their time playing video games.

Police say Auburn lacrosse player Zachary Burgess decided he'd rather try to live one.

Burgess, 20, of Hoover, Ala., was charged with stealing a pickup truck, kidnapping a woman and crashing into nine parked cars in Baton Rouge, La., in an attempt to recreate the game "Grand Theft Auto V," according to multiple reports.

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

Burgess faces one count of theft of a motor vehicle, nine counts of hit-and-run and simple kidnapping. He was released Sunday after posting $80,000 bond.

The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association listed Burgess as a freshman defenseman on the Tigers team last season, when he played in 13 games and had 42 ground balls. His name was not on the team's roster page as of Thursday. The MLCA is a national governing body for club teams.

For more, read the report from the NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge.