Crime & Courts

He hit a stop sign during a police chase. Then he hit a deer, sheriff says

Nicholas Curtice
Nicholas Curtice Courtesy Photo

A man who drove into a stop sign before hitting a deer sped away after a deputy tried to pull him over for a broken brake light, the sheriff said.

A deputy tried to pull over a 1997 Cadillac DeVille with the broken light at around 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday near Great Bend, the Barton County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

The car's driver sped away instead and lost control in the southern part of the county, where he struck a stop sign at 50 Road and Southeast 20 Avenue, the post said. But the driver didn't stop.

The car continued into Stafford County before going back into Barton County and running into a deer during the police chase, the post said. Deputies were able to get the car stopped in the 800 block of Southeast 50 Road.

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said video of the chase showed the car hit the third of four deer that were crossing the road.

Salvage tags are typically issued for deer hit by vehicles, but this one was hit at about 80 mph, Bellendir said.

The Cadillac didn't stop when it hit the deer. It continued a few more miles before stopping, likely because of engine failure or a ruptured radiator, Bellendir said.

Nicholas Curtice, 35, of rural Hoisington, was arrested on outstanding warrants and suspicion of flee and elude, criminal damage to property, driving while revoked and other traffic violations, the post said.

Dashcam video released by Anoka County Sheriff's Office shows a deer crashing through a windshield and injuring a deputy. (Video by Anoka County Sheriff's Office)