Deer gets hit by a car, flies through the air before crashing into deputy's windshield

Dashcam video caught a crazy deer vs. vehicle collision in East Bethel.
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This is not the poor deer seen in the dashcam video

This is not the poor deer seen in the dashcam video

The chance of hitting a deer while you're driving in Minnesota has gone up, and unfortunately, it often seems like the animal comes out of nowhere, giving drivers little time to react.

Recent dashcam footage from the Anoka County Sheriff's Office shows one of those scenarios.

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office, a deputy suffered minor injuries after he was involved in a "secondary deer collision" on Wednesday. It happened after dark on the 1600 block of Briarwood Lane NE in East Bethel. 

Video shows a deer running out in front of an oncoming vehicle and getting struck. The impact sends the animal flying through the air, where it crashes through the windshield of the oncoming patrol car.

You can watch the video below, but be aware that it's kind of graphic and could be upsetting.

"Most deer collisions are unavoidable circumstances, but all drivers should be as cautious as they can when traveling in open, wooded areas," the sheriff's office wrote in the post.

Experts say drivers should not swerve for deer – hit the brakes, but stay in your lane.

Deer-vehicle collisions in Minnesota

In 2015 – the most recent data available – there were 2,141 vehicle-deer collisions reported in Minnesota, resulting in six deaths and 345 injuries, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's website shows.

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What a sheriff's office hopes people learn from this deputy's gruesome deer crash

The agency has a breakdown of the counties where these crashes happen the most. Dakota County comes in at No. 1 with 158 vehicle-deer collisions reported in 2015.

Hennepin and Stearns counties followed with 146 and 133 collisions, respectively.

Minnesota is considered a "high risk" state for hitting a deer, and comes in at No. 7 on State Farm's list of states where you're most likely to collide with one.

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