This deer actually got up and ran off from this accident!
We've already shared a few law enforcement dash cam videos of deer-vehicle collisions this fall, but this one is a little wilder than most. The Anoka County sheriff's deputy involved in this Dec. 6 incident wasn't even the one who originally hit the deer!
Watch the crazy footage to see the animal pinball from one car to the deputy's in the video below.
WARNING!!! GRAPHIC CONTENT!!!!!As winter settles in, the prospect of vehicle v deer collision becomes a more frequent occurence as deer become more active at night. Yesterday, 12-6-17 a deputy was slightly injured after becoming involved in a "secondary deer collision." The crash took place in the 1600 Block of Briarwood LN NE in the City of East Bethel. A deer ran out in front of an oncoming vehicle and was struck. The impact of that collision sent the deer air bound where it crashed through the windshield of the oncoming patrol car. Most deer collisions are unavoidable circumstances, but all drivers should be as cautious as they can when traveling in open, wooded areas.
Posted by Anoka County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, December 7, 2017
The deputy took some glass fragments to the eyes from his patrol car's windshield. Fortunately, the other driver didn't suffer any injuries.
As brutal as this collision looked, Anoka County Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer wrote on Twitter that nobody was able to find it after the wreck. He also posted photos of the aftermath.
The patrol car after the deer crash. pic.twitter.com/FLPNTTmLIG
— Cdr. Paul Sommer (@PIOAnokaSheriff) December 7, 2017
Much like other law enforcement agencies dealing with this kind of collision, the department is using the moment to educate the public on the dangers of driving this time of year.
"Most deer collisions are unavoidable circumstances, but all drivers should be as cautious as they can when traveling in open, wooded areas," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook.
Sounds like good advice, especially since the rut still isn't quite over in many areas and deer are on the move.