Dashcam Video Shows the Moment a Deer Collides With a Police Cruiser Before Reportedly Brushing It Off, Walking Away

The officers shared the footage to provide an example of how to react safely when a deer leaps into the road.

After one of their officers "encountered a large deer" while driving through Kentucky, Kenton County Police Department shared the unsettling dashcam footage of the incident in an effort to lead by example. "We think this video is a pretty good training video on how to react when a four-legged furry friend attempts to abruptly cross your path," the department's Facebookpost reads. "Officer Pittaluga applied his brakes and steered away from the deer in a controlled manner. Although he didn't manage to avoid the collision, he did maintain control of his vehicle throughout the entire incident, even when the large (but apparently agile and acrobatically trained) deer was performing a Triple Axel over the hood of his cruiser."

Though this amazing fact isn't captured in the footage, the officer claims the deer "appeared to brush off the incident before quickly running away into the woods" because, of course, deers are undeniably badass. For reasons not entirely clear, Kenton County also attempted to link the deer to some guy named Santa Claus:

We did place a call to Santa just to be sure this deer didn't belong to him (we would hate to end up on the naughty list). He was quick to point out that he employs reindeer and that, although this deer did appear to fly, it was not a reindeer (we still aren't clear whether we will be making the nice list or not).

This "Santa" guy kind of sounds like a jerk.

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