Busted is a term referred to when a player is arrested in a GTA game.
Many things can contribute to this:
- Getting pulled out of a car/ bike/ helicopter/plane/boat
- On the ground as a cop is standing over you (mainly in hand-to-hand combat)
- Getting knocked over while trying to steal a cop car (while a cop is inside)
Note: The only way to get busted is by attaining a wanted level.
As a result of getting busted you'll lose all your weapons (except in GTA San Andreas when you have Barbara Schternvart as a girlfriend) and fail any mission you were on causing you to start over again.