In one of the stranger stories found on the Internet, a man has been jailed for leading the police on a 100mph car chase. While the speeding is not really that strange, the fact he claimed he learnt to drive through playing a Playstation is.
The man from Lincolnshire had led the police on a 100mph chase through Grantham, and when caught and questioned gave his reasoning on learning to drive from the Playstation. While this seems farfetched, it makes for sensationalist stories for tabloid newspapers, especially in the UK.
Adam Jones, from Skegness was said to have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to cars parked along the streets as he cruised through the streets of Grantham. Finally caught by the use of a stinger device he was said to be on his way back to his girlfriend’s house.
Found to not have a licence, the 24-year-old revealed that he had never taken a driving test. Is it possible to learn to drive from a computer console though? This does seem doubtful.
Whether this was the case or not, at Lincoln Crown Court, he was jailed for 12 months after admitting to the aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a license, and not having insurance. Banned from driving for three years he was also ordered to take an extended test.
Making the claim that he learnt to drive through computer games is not an excuse for his actions, and if anything makes little sense. Can computer games be blamed for a loss of common sense? If anything this story wouldn’t have been reported if this excuse wasn’t used.
What next? Will the papers be calling for an end to games like Need for Speed because they teach people to drive fast? Maybe the only games he should be allowed to play from now on should be online Driving Theory practice tests.
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