WASHINGTON – A Washington state trooper got a surprise when he thought he had pulled over to find a driver in distress. Instead, the trooper discovered a driver stopped playing eight different versions of the Augmented Reality video game, Pokémon Go, at once.
#PokemonDistraction Sergeant Kyle Smith contacted a vehicle on the shoulder yesterday evening. This is what was next to the driver! Playing #PokemonGO with EIGHT (8) phones! Driver agreed to put phones in back seat and continued his commute with 8 less distractions. pic.twitter.com/tgOr16CRlm— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) August 14, 2019
Trooper Rick Johnson is the spokesman for the patrol and says Sgt. Kyle Smith did not issue a ticket because the vehicle was not moving while the driver was using the phones. The driver was stopped south of Seattle on Thursday evening. Above is a photo the agency tweeted out showing blue foam square with eight individual rectangular cutouts holding the phones.