Crime & Courts

Charges: 2 Petersburg teens shot video while intentionally running down deer on road

Two Petersburg 17-year-olds were charged Monday with wildlife harassment after a short video posted on social media last week appeared to show a vehicle running down deer on a road, radio station KFSK reported.

The teens, a boy and a girl, told Alaska Wildlife Troopers they were trying to scare the deer but the pickup truck accidentally struck them, according to charging documents reported by KFSK.

The boy was also charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

According to the court documents, the teens also admitted striking and killing a deer the night before. They claimed it jumped in front of the pickup, which had a broken headlight afterward, KFSK reported.

The 5-second video, originally posted on Snapchat and published Friday by KFSK, is shot from inside a vehicle, which appears to strike deer walking on the side of the road, followed by a burst of laughter from people in the vehicle.

"We got two of the [expletive]," a male voice says.

Blood but no deer corpses were found at the scene of the collision, troopers said in a Tuesday statement.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.