York Police are giving a stern warning to any drivers who think it’s a good idea to catch pokemon while driving.
The York police helicopter followed a driver early Monday morning driving erratically around the city of Vaughan.
Police say on Monday August 8 at 3:23 a.m., officers in Air2 spotted a Mercedes driving suspiciously in the area of Keele Street and Teston Road.
The helicopter followed the vehicle as it drove erratically, then stopped in a parking lot off of Keele Street.
The vehicle then started driving again, entering a residential neighbourhood where it stopped in front of a park.
The car then started driving again making suspicious turns in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle was eventually stopped by police in the area of Saint Joan of Arc Avenue and Drummond Drive. Officers spoke with the driver who advised that he was just out to catch them all.
The driver received a stern warning from officers on the potential dangers of driving while distracted.
Since the launch of the Pokemon GO app York Regional Police has received a number of calls from concerned citizens who have recently seen groups of people wandering and gathering in places across the region.
York Regional Police would like to remind members of the public and players that any distraction while driving or walking on or near roadways can be hazardous. Citizens are urged to be aware of their surroundings and that large groups of people gathering in areas across our region could be Pokemon GO players.
Police are also encouraging game users to be aware of traffic signals and vehicles on roadways. Players are reminded they are not allowed to enter private property if No Trespassing signs are clearly posted. If on private property and asked to leave by the person responsible for that property, players must immediately leave. Failure to do so may be in violation of the Trespass to Property Act.