TONASKET - An Okanogan County Sheriff's Office vehicle was damaged Dec. 2 when the deputy driving it hit a deer on U.S. Highway 97 two miles north of town.
Deputy Josh Brown was not injured.
The SUV received an estimated $3,000-$4,000 damage, Sheriff Frank Rogers said. The front passenger side quarter panel, push bar, grill and lights were damaged.
Deputies have hit approximately 10 deer so far this year, and average six or seven a year, he said.
"I think we all have" hit one at some point, he said.
The county is self-insured for vehicle damage, so the repair bill will come out of the sheriff's budget.