Sheriff's deputy involved in car-deer mishap

Thursday, November 20, 2003

A week after local law enforcement officers were called to investigate a car-deer-car collision on Interstate 70, a Saline County deputy was involved in a deer-related crash.

Saline County Sheriff Wally George reported Thursday morning that the incident took place at 6:27 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, while the deputy was on patrol near Orearville. The officer was driving on Missouri Highway 240 near County Road 134 when a doe moved from a ditch onto the highway.

Because of oncoming traffic, the officer was unable to avoid the deer and struck it with his patrol car. While the officer was not injured in the collision, the deer was killed.

Damaged areas on the patrol car, a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, included the bumper, hood, right front fender, radiator support, air conditioner condenser, grill and right headlight assembly. A cost estimate for the damage was not available.

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