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An Isanti County deputy responding to a report about a man with a gun at a local restaurant in Cambridge had a dangerous strike with a deer around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
The incident occurred in the area of 343rd Avenue Northeast and North Main Street, just north of Cambridge.
According to Isanti County Sheriff Chris Caulk, the deputy did a great job hitting the brakes and keeping the squad car in his lane, even though the hood went into his windshield.
“This goes to show how dangerous deer strikes can be; but this also shows how important it is to not to swerve when an animal strike is going to occur. 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. We wish to remind all drivers out there to keep an eye out for the deer. They are on the move and with deer hunting season upon us, they will be moving even that much more.”
Caulk said the deputy was travelling around 114 mph with his lights and sirens on, which is within the department’s policy. Caulk said the deputy sustained minor injuries, but otherwise was fine.
“I’ve seen many more severe injuries when someone swerves and ends up going into the ditch and rolling their vehicle,” Caulk said.
Caulk mentioned four squad cars have been totalled this year; three due to deer strikes. He said along with this incident, a squad car was totalled when the deputy was responding to a fire, and another squad car was totalled when the deputy was heading to a scene to provide back-up to an individual fighting with an officer.
“Just like with anyone, sometimes our deputies do hit deer and it’ll continue to happen,” Caulk said. “We just hope everyone is safe during this deer hunting season.”
As far as the incident at the restaurant, Caulk said there wasn’t any gun found on anyone, but a person was arrested. More information on the arrest will be provided when available.