Police vehicle damaged in collision with deer

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MEXICO — A Dixfield Police Department cruiser was damaged Monday night, April 19, when it collided with a deer.

Mexico police Chief James Theriault said Dixfield reserve officer Dean Benson, 39, was traveling east around 8 p.m. on the Common Road in Dixfield when the deer ran into the road. Benson tried to avoid the animal by driving into the opposite lane, but the deer also changed direction and ran directly into the path of the vehicle.

The deer was knocked to the ground, then apparently recovered and ran off into the woods.

The 2009 Ford sports utility vehicle sustained $1,100 damage to the grille and left front fender.

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Whenever a police officer is involved in an accident, the matter must be investigated by an officer from another police department.

In other Mexico police news:

Loose horses

Officer Dustin Broughton was called by a motorist at 4:20 a.m., April 21, to investigate several horses that were loose on the Route 120 crossover road, which is in Roxbury. When the officer arrived, the animals had disappeared.

Gas drive-offs

Two motorists left the Food Trend, located on Main Street, without paying for gas. The first, on April 15, was for $10 and was not identified from a license plate. The second, on April 20, was for $5. The driver returned to pay. Theriault said gas drive-offs are an ongoing problem.

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