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BATON ROUGE, LA (WSFA/WAFB) -

It's 'game over' for an Auburn University student who admitted to police he wanted to act out the world's hottest video games in real life along the streets of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Baton Rouge police arrested the lacrosse player over the weekend after they say he tried to steal a car with a passenger still inside, then claimed to investigators he did so to play out a video game in real life.

Zachary Burgess, 20, of Hoover, Ala. was cuffed and charged after the incident early Saturday morning outside an area bar called Tigerland. Burgess was charged with vehicle theft, kidnapping and nine counts of hit-and-run driving.

Investigators said Burgess hopped into a car after its owner parked at the bar and got out. He then drove off while the female passenger was still inside.

Police said Burgess hit several other cars before the passenger managed to escape. They said witnesses stopped Burgess and held him at the scene until officers could arrive.

Investigators said Burgess told them he wanted to see what it would be like to play the video game "Grand Theft Auto" in real life.

Police said nobody was seriously hurt in the incident.

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