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Driver playing Pokemon Go sideswipes police car near Patterson Park

A driver was playing Pokemon Go when he sideswiped a parked Baltimore City patrol car on July 18, police said. (Baltimore City Police video)

A driver was playing Pokemon Go when he sideswiped a parked patrol car early Monday in Southeast Baltimore, police said.

"You guys OK?" an officer asks passengers of the Toyota RAV4. The wreck near Patterson Park was captured on an officer's body camera.

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"That's what I get for playing this dumb a— game," says the driver, a young man.

It's the latest incident raised by police to demonstrate how oblivious Pokemon hunters can stray into danger.

Two people playing Pokemon Go were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday on Graceland Avenue in Southeast Baltimore, police said.

Also, three people were playing Monday afternoon in Clifton Park, police said, and they were robbed.

The cellphone game has captivated fans who wander neighborhoods in search of the fantastic creatures. Distracted players have also been robbed in Parkville and at the University of Maryland.

Baltimore police said they're working to determine charges for the driver who sideswiped the patrol car. They have not released his name.

"You can't wander aimlessly around," said T.J. Smith, a Baltimore police spokesman. "Pay attention to your surroundings. There are way too many people that have their heads buried in their phones trying to catch a Pokemon and the criminals are catching you."

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