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Minnesota State Patrol cruiser damaged by deer in 'hit-and-run'

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MENTOR, Minn. - A Minnesota State Patrol squad car was damaged Monday morning when it was struck by a deer near Mentor in northwest Minnesota.

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Trooper Rick Olson was southbound on Polk County 12 at 7:03 a.m., when a deer darted out of the ditch and struck his police cruiser in the driver's side door, according to the state patrol.

The vehicle sustained about $3,400 in damage, according to Sgt. Jesse Grabow. The driver was not injured. As for the deer, police are not quite so sure.

"The deer ran away," he said. "It was a hit-and-run."

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