Pennsylvania police officers were met with an unusual sight — a live deer in a trunk — after making a traffic stop for a suspected DUI.
Officers with the Newberry Township Police Department in York County discovered a live deer in the trunk of a vehicle after pulling over a woman during a DUI stop.
The 19-year-old driver was pulled over around midnight near Old Trail Rd on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officers soon discovered something was amiss and were surprised to find a deer in the trunk.
The woman said she hit the animal with her car, and thinking it was dead, put it in the back of the trunk. She kept driving after realizing the deer was alive.
Officers then instructed the 21-year-old male passenger to release the deer back into the wild. Dashcam footage showed the man hoisting the deer out of the car and carrying it across the street to let it run off into the woods.
It’s not clear if the deer sustained any injuries during the collision.
The drive was then arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Police say the Pennsylvania Game Commission is assisting with the incident.
While the state is known for its thriving deer population, that comes with its own dangers.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania has the highest number of deer-vehicle collisions in the United States, with an estimated 115,000 accidents recorded in 2013. State Farm Insurance projected a total annual damage cost of $400 million due to deer-related vehicle accidents.