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Auburn student from Hoover arrested for "Grand Theft Auto" crime spree

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An Auburn University athlete from Hoover has been arrested in Louisiana for reenacting a crime spree from the video game Grand Theft Auto.

According to a report from the NBC station in Baton Rouge, BRPD officers were called to the Tigerland-area to investigate a stolen vehicle and erratic driver Saturday, September 21, 2013 about 2:30am CT.

"We responded to numerous reports of hit-and-runs in the parking lot of a local bar," Cpl. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department, said. "The vehicle was found abandoned a few yards away from the scene and a group of witnesses were holding the suspect at the location when officers arrived." 

Witnesses say the owner of the truck pulled up in the parking lot of the bar and got out of the vehicle.

He left the truck running and a female passenger was sitting in a truck alone.

Then, the suspect, Zachary Burgess, 20, of Hoover, is accused of getting in the truck and trying to steal it.

"When he tried to flee the parking lot there were several cars blocking the way," Cpl. Coppola said. "He began ramming into the parked cars." 

The female in the vehicle was reportedly being held in the truck against will.

"The passenger was able to jump out of the vehicle and get to safety," Cpl. Coppola said.

Burgess allegedly struck a total of nine vehicles.

During questioning Burgess allegedly told an officer that he "wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto."

Burgess was arrested and charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, nine counts of hit-and-run, and simple kidnapping.

Burgess was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail the next day after posting bond.

Burgess is reportedly on Auburn's Lacrosse team.

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