HOOP, CALIFORNIA — Hit-and-runs are a dime a dozen in the good ole US of A, but have you ever been hit and run by a bear?
One California deputy definitely has.
KRCR reports that on August 3, the Humboldt County sheriff's deputy was on his way to the scene of a drug overdose when a bear, of all things, suddenly fell —maybe jumped? — from a steep embankment.
The animal landed right smack on the car, smashing the hood and the windshield.
But it doesn't end there. As a result of the bear cannonball, the patrol car ended up striking an embankment, flipping over on its side, and catching fire. Luckily, the deputy managed to crawl out of the wreckage.
The flames ended up engulfing the entire car, and sparking a wildfire after it ignited nearby vegetation on the embankment.
While the deputy wasn't seriously hurt, no one's got a clue what happened to the bear, except that it fled.
The wildfire burned about half an acre before eventually being put out by responding firefighters.
Damn, all the trouble because of a bear.