Man in 'incredibly dangerous' Pokemon Go stunt charged by TTC
20-year-old will appear in court on Sept. 16
You could call it the money shot — $425 to be exact.
A Toronto YouTube comedian is facing a charge and fine under TTC by-laws after walking on the tracks at Union Station in an online video poking fun at playing Pokemon Go.
The video, released last month, depicts several precarious and exaggerated scenarios Pokemon Go players might find themselves in, including a shot featuring the actor casually strolling on the subway tracks.
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TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said Mark Correia was charged with illegal entry upon tracks, which includes a set fine of $425.
He said the 20-year-old must appear in court on Sept. 16.
The stunt was described by the TTC at the time as "incredibly dangerous" and could have resulted in the actor's death.
Correia said he went onto the tracks immediately after a train had departed in an interview with CBC News last month. He acknowledged the stunt was dangerous and illegal but stressed he was only on the tracks for mere seconds.
Speaking on Tuesday, Correia said transit representatives talked to him a few days ago and explained the charge.
"It was not shocking, per se," he said of the charge. "It's scary, but it makes complete sense to us. We did something illegal."
He said the video was supposed to be a warning to people, that they shouldn't get too invested in Pokemon Go or other video games.
"If people didn't believe that, they can believe a fine and court date are a reason not to do it," he said. "And also death."
Ross said death was a real possibility for Correia while he was on the tracks. Ross noted in July that trains at Union Station come in on a curve, so there's no line of sight. He added that Correia could have tripped and touched the third rail, which would have electrocuted him.
"The video as a whole can be funny, but that specific part of it maybe shouldn't be in there," Correia said.
Pokemon Go continues to inspire strange headlines.
Last week, the York Regional Police chopper trailed a vehicle driving erratically, only to later learn the driver was playing Pokemon Go.
He was given a "stern warning" on the dangers of distracted driving.
With files from The Canadian Press