Pokemon Go player's car hit from behind

A POKEMON Go player was deep in the popular virtual universe when their car was hit from behind, causing some very real damage.  

Hervey Bay police said the urge to catch 'em all was allegedly too strong for one driver on Saturday at 6.30am when they pulled over on Doolong South Rd near Fraser Coast Anglican College before getting out to catch a Pokemon as part of the popular game.  

While they were out of the car, a second driver became distracted by the gamer's "unusual behaviour" and collided with the parked car.  

"The second driver was driving past and saw some strange behaviour displayed by driver A," Hervey Bay Senior Constable Amit Singh said.  

"They tried to look at what driver A was doing, lost concentration and ploughed into the back of their car."  

Snr Const Singh said the Pokemon trainer's car was damaged significantly.  

No injuries were reported.  

In Pokemon Go, players are drawn to certain landmarks where the game allows them to lure wild Pokemon or battle for control of the area.  

Snr Const Singh said the incident was a reminder for Pokemon gamers and other people in the community to be mindful of their behaviour when it came to catching the virtual monsters.  

"A lot of people don't understand the behaviour so just be careful, don't just park anywhere," he warned.  

"Practice safety and common sense."  

Snr Const Sing said police had noticed large groups of gamers at any time standing on the roundabout near Seafront Oval in Pialba trying to catch Pokémon.  

He said police have been forced to move on Pokémon Go players from areas that could be dangerous.  

"About 50 will gather around and sit on the roundabout and try to catch Pokemon," Snr Const Sing said.  

"And we have to disperse them at the roundabout because it's dangerous.  

"We have to ask them to move to the side of the road; it's a safety thing.  

"It is a game but you cannot ignore simple rules of safety; watch out for cars and traffic, and don't use your phone while driving."  

Since its launch last week Pokemon Go has become one of the most successful mobile phone apps of all time, attracting tens of millions of daily players.  

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