VIDEO: What is money? Astonished cops find live deer in driver’s trunk
Pennsylvania cops saw a man remove a live deer from the trunk of his car during a DUI traffic check and cross the road to free the ailing animal.
The incident took place in the Old Trail Road and Old York Road area of York County, Pa., Approximately 100 miles west of Philadelphia, on January 6 at around midnight. This happened when Newberry Township police officers carried out a traffic stop.
As officers spoke with the driver and a passenger, they noticed a living animal in the back of the car.
The footage, shot from a police vehicle, shows the car stopped with officers inspecting the truck. One of the suspects, a 21-year-old man from York Haven, then got out and opened the truck of the vehicle and removed the live deer.
The suspect, one of three occupants, including a driver, appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. The man carried the animal across the road in the video and released the deer in a nearby field.
The occupants of the car, which also included an older man and the 19-year-old driver, were not named by authorities.
The driver and her passengers said the vehicle struck the deer, which they believed was dead. They had placed it in the trunk. It is not known what they have planned to do with the deer.
Soon after, they said, they realized the animal was still alive, but they continued to drive. Police said the driver had been taken into custody on suspicion of impaired driving and the Pennsylvania Game Commission was assisting them with their investigation.
It is believed that the deer escaped safely to the wild. It is not known whether the deer sustained any injuries when struck by the car.
Pennsylvania ranks first in the United States for the most animal-vehicle collisions involving primarily deer, according to State Farm insurance company. The odds of hitting a deer in Pennsylvania are 1 in 54, according to State Farm.
Deer are most active in the fall, when they are looking for mates. Also, as the hunters move into the woods, the animals are forced to move elsewhere. Deer feed at dusk and dawn when driver visibility is poor.
“Deer swallow up resources and manpower and cause many accidents,” State Police spokesman Steve Limani told Trib Live.
According to PennDOT, 651 reports of vehicle accidents involving deer were reported in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania in 2020.
Edited by Fern Siegel and Kristen Butler