Oh deer! Roadkill makes a break for freedom

22:52, Mar 20 2013

Talk about junk in the trunk.

A police officer in the US checking a suspicious car parked behind a southwestern Michigan motel was more than a little surprised when a deer climbed out of the boot, stumbled onto the road and bolted into nearby woods.

Local TV news stations reported that the driver told Kalamazoo officer David Miller he hit the deer on the road - thought he had killed it - and was taking it home for his family to eat.

Squad car dashboard camera footage shows Miller opening the trunk, then quickly trying to close it as he spots the deer. The animal escapes from the boot, rear first, stumbles and rolls, then dashes off.

Police said the collision probably just stunned the deer.