A man who was driving through an Arizona state park on Thanksgiving weekend when he saw a deer and a car blocking his path has been awarded $10,000 in damages after he was arrested.
The Idaho News Tribune reported Thursday that James F. Williams, a 37-year-old from Idaho Falls, was driving south on I-10 in his SUV at about 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2017, when he spotted a deer crossing the road and noticed that a man was on the ground, the newspaper reported.
The deer was apparently in distress, so Williams told the deer’s owner that he wanted to help.
The owner said Williams drove the car toward the deer, and he tried to grab the deer by the horns, but the deer pushed him back, the paper reported.
Williams then ran toward the car and grabbed the driver’s side door, the Idaho News-Tribune reported.
He said he tried pulling the door open, but that the deer pulled him back.
Williams then drove the vehicle back into the woods, the article reported.
The deer jumped from the vehicle, but Williams said the deer did not hit him, the story said.
The sheriff’s office said Williams, of Boise, was booked into jail on a charge of trespassing.