MONTREAL -- It’s a case of life imitating art – video game art – according to a 13-year-old’s grandmother.
She's blaming the popular and violent video game, Grand Theft Auto (GTA), for inspiring her grandson to steal her car and lead police on a 100 km per hour chase through a residential neighbourhood south of Montreal.
GTA players can steal cars and engage in shoot-outs with police and other characters.
Police from the small town of Saint-Philippe, Que., we’re shocked to find a boy “who looked eight or nine years old” at the wheel when they pulled the car over on Wednesday, said officer Guy Lepine.
The negative influence of a friend, family troubles and GTA created a dangerous mix that pushed the child to evade police, the boy’s grandmother said.
The grandmother’s identity can not be published in order to protect the identity of the boy who is a minor.
No one was injured in the joy ride; the 13-year-old was charged with fleeing police.