Deer thought dead jumps out of trunk

March 22, 2013 12:54:21 AM PDT
Talk about junk in the trunk. Police got a huge surprise when they opened a car trunk, and a deer jumped out.

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A public safety officer checking a suspicious car parked behind a southwestern Michigan motel early Tuesday was more than a little surprised when a deer climbed out of the trunk, stumbled onto the road and bolted into nearby woods.

TV stations WWMT, WZZM and WOOD report that the driver told Kalamazoo officer David Miller he hit the deer on the road -- thought he had killed it -- and was taking it home for his family to eat.

Squad car dashboard camera footage shows Miller opening the trunk, then quickly trying to close it as he spots the deer. The animal escapes from the trunk, rear first, stumbles and rolls, then dashes off.

Lt. Stacey Geik says the collision probably just stunned the deer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.