Deer attacks driver after being struck by SUV in New Jersey

Posted at 11:18 AM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 14:32:14-04

Dramatic video from a New Jersey police officer's dash camera shows a deer attacking the driver who struck it.

The incident happened at about 8 p.m. in Howell, New Jersey on Sept. 17.

The Howell Township Police Department said one of its officers was driving down Oak Glen Road while responding to a call, when the patrolman saw a deer cross the road in front of an SUV.

The driver of the SUV - identified as 43-year-old Ellen Sager of Howell - braked, but kept going for a short distance before pulling over.


As the officer pulled up to the SUV to check on Sager, the deer darted out from the side of the road - just as Sager was opening the door - and started attacking her.

In the video released by the police, Sager is seen fighting off the deer.

"In what appears to be a scene from a cheap comedy, Sager physically struggles with the rather large deer and has to kick the deer out of her vehicle and quickly close the door to keep it out," Howell Township police wrote in a news release.

Sager suffered a minor knee injury as a result of her scuffle with the angry deer.

The deer died as a result of its injuries from the initial collision, police said.