Sheriff squad damaged in crash caused by deer in road

Deputy responding to emergency call swerves to avoid deer
Sheriff squad damaged in crash caused by deer in road

An Iowa County squad car was damaged when a deputy swerved to miss a deer in the road early Friday morning, authorities said.

Iowa County sheriff’s deputy Tim Dostalek was driving west on Highway 130 in the town of Clyde around 1:20 a.m., according to a release. He was responding to an emergency call for an intoxicated person involved in a disturbance.

Dostalek had activated his squad’s emergency lights and siren when he lost control of the vehicle because of a deer in the road, officials said. The squad slid through a ditch and into a field.

Fog and wet pavement also contributed to the crash, according to the release. Dostalek was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

The squad car sustained scratches, small dents and a bent rear wheel in the crash, but an estimated dollar amount for the damage is still being assessed, officials said.

No citations were issued as a result of the crash.