Trooper finds parked driver playing Pokemon Go on 8 phones

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 photo provided by the Washington State Patrol, a piece of foam, cut to hold eight mobile phones in place — all of them playing the game Pokemon Go — is shown on the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by a person who was found pulled over on the shoulder of a highway in Washington state near Seattle by a Washington state trooper who thought the driver needed assistance. Trooper Rick Johnson, a spokesman for the patrol, and said the trooper did not issue a ticket because he did not observe the car moving while the driver was using the phones, but he did ask the driver to put the phones in the back seat and move along, as the shoulder is for emergencies only. (Sgt. Kyle Smith/Washington State Patrol via AP)

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BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state trooper who pulled over to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle found something else instead: The driver had eight phones simultaneously playing the video game Pokemon Go.

The driver was stopped on the shoulder of Highway 518 in Burien, south of Seattle, on Tuesday evening.

The agency tweeted a photo showing a blue foam square, with the phones sitting in eight rectangular cutouts.

Trooper Rick Johnson is a spokesman for the patrol and said Sgt. Kyle Smith did not issue a ticket because he did not observe the car moving while the driver was using the phones.

But Smith asked the driver to put the phones in the back seat and move along, because stopping on the shoulder is for emergencies only.

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