A P-plater driver crashed into a school building while trying to catch a pokémon in Melbourne’s south-east.
The 19-year-old driver escaped injury after crashing through a fence and into the school in Berwick on Thursday evening.
Police were told he was attempting to catch a creature on the mobile game PokémonGo when he allegedly lost control at about 6:50pm.
Leading senior constable Julie-Anne Newman took a humorous approach to the crash saying: “The 19-year-old did not level up nor collect any stardust or candies, only debris from the crash.
“Any PokéBalls, eggs or potions the driver may have had remaining only attracted police, leaving the wild Pokémon for another day,” she said in a statement.
Ms Newman added it was lucky no-one was injured.
A VicRoads spokeswoman said driver distraction and inattention posed a serious risk to all road users.
“We know that taking your eyes off the road for even a couple of seconds can result in a crash where someone is injured or killed,” she said.
“For this reason, using a handheld mobile phone while driving for any reason including talking, texting, playing games or taking photos (or) video, is illegal for all drivers.”
The incident comes as VicRoads this week placed 39 illuminated signs above major roads discouraging drivers from playing the game while driving.
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Victorian drivers can be issued four demerit points and a $466 fine for using their mobile phones while driving. Probationary drivers’ licences can be suspended if they accumulate five demerit points.
Police said the driver is expected to be charged on summons for careless driving. – Matthew Male
Photo of Pokémon Go game by Matthew Male.