Man imitates ‘Grand Theft Auto’ in real life

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a developmentally disabled man unable to tell the difference between reality and fantasy struck and seriously injured a woman with a van while acting out a “real-life” video game.

West Lafayette police Capt. Gary Sparger tells the Journal & Courier the 18-year-old man drove off in his mother’s van on Jan. 18.

Sparger says the man told officers he intentionally struck six cars and ran over and seriously injured a 31-year-old West Lafayette woman who was standing next to her car.

He says the man told officers “he was acting out real-life Grand Theft Auto,” a video game in which players evade police and instigate violent interactions with pedestrians and police.

Formal charges have not been filed against the man, but prosecutors continue reviewing the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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