Oh, deer. That cruiser is gonna need a write-off.
An Isanti County Sheriff in Minnesota is lucky to be alive after hitting a deer at 114 miles per hour, a violent event that resulted in a totaled patrol car and local fauna alike.
The deputy was going full bore with lights and sirens to a “man with a gun” call at a local restaurant when the deer crossed his path, making evasion impossible and collision inevitable.
The deputy has been praised by Isanti County Sheriff Chris Caulk, who notes that the lawman’s decision to power through likely saved his life.
“if the deputy swerved, he would have rolled and been injured or worse,” Caulk said. “Staying in a straight line kept the injuries to a minimum when the air bags deployed.”
The patrol vehicle -or what was left of it- belched smoke from inside the cabin and hemorrhaged transmission fluid, its days of patrolling now at a violent and sudden end.
According to Pine and Lakes, the deputy managed to escape his vehicle unharmed. No word as of yet has been relayed on the identity of the deer or the pending notification of its loved ones.