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VIDEO: Dash-cam shows deer hit police cruiser

Posted at 9:20 AM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 11:20:47-05

Ouch.

Dash-cam video shows the exact moment an apparent adventurous deer attempted to clear the roadway ahead of a Kentucky police cruiser over the weekend.

In all seriousness, the impact of the video sounds and looks pretty bad, but the deer appears to be OK because he runs off into the woods without missing a beat.

The video was posted Tuesday on the Kenton County Police Department Facebook page with some safely tips if this ever happens to you: avoid the collision if you can, put on the breaks, maintain control of the vehicle and pull of the road.

The police department even put in a call to Santa just in case one of his reindeer had gotten loose. No worries, seems it wasn't one of his.

The officer was not hurt, although his cruiser did sustain some damage, according to the post.

 
Deer Collision

Over the weekend, Officer Pittaluga encountered a large deer while driving on Decoursey Pike through Visalia. The encounter was less than cordial and ended as abruptly as it began. We think this video is a pretty good training video on how to react when a four-legged furry friend attempts to abruptly cross your path. Officer Pittaluga applied his brakes and steered away from the deer in a controlled manner. Although he didn't manage to avoid the collision, he did maintain control of his vehicle throughout the entire incident, even when the large (but apparently agile and acrobatically trained) deer was performing a Triple Axel over the hood of his cruiser. Our officer was unharmed but the cruiser did sustain some damage. As for the deer, he appeared to brush off the incident before quickly running away into the woods. We did place a call to Santa just to be sure this deer didn't belong to him (we would hate to end up on the naughty list). He was quick to point out that he employs reindeer and that, although this deer did appear to fly, it was not a reindeer (we still aren't clear whether we will be making the nice list or not).

Posted by Kenton County Police Department on Tuesday, December 1, 2015