Deer roam downtown, surprise shoppers, drivers

A small herd of deer crosses North Broadway as traffic stops to let them through in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

A small herd of deer wandered through downtown Walnut Creek on Monday morning, causing motorists to pull over and shoppers to pull out their phones to record the event.

The four deer were first spotted on Botelho Drive near the Petco store as they headed east towards Broadway Plaza.

A small herd of deer travels down Botehlo Drive in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A small herd of deer travels down Botelho Drive in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The deer then immediately turned left onto South Main Street, where it encountered Walnut Creek police parked outside the Apple Store. A Walnut Creek police car then followed the deer north, where they turned right onto Mount Diablo Boulevard.

The Animals then turned left onto North Broadway, where they stopped for a short break behind the Broadway parking lot.

A small herd of deer travels down Botehlo Drive as vehicles pull over to let them pass in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A small herd of deer travels down Botelho Drive as vehicles pull over to let them pass in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

After five minutes of rest, the four furry friends are back on the road. They headed south and turned left on Mount Diablo Boulevard toward Walker Avenue, toward the Safeway.

The deer then made their way to the Safeway parking lot, where a second Walnut Creek police cruiser joined the chase and helped escort the deer down Walker Avenue in what appeared to be the slowest police chase all time. The 30-minute ordeal ended when the deer abandoned police by ducking into the Arbors flats, forcing police to drop the chase.

A small herd of deer avoids Walnut Creek Police on Mount Diablo Blvd.  as they head to the Safeway parking lot in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A small herd of deer avoid a Walnut Creek Police cruiser on Mount Diablo Blvd as they drive toward a Safeway parking lot in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group )
A motorist stops at an intersection between Botehlo Drive and South Main Street to avoid hitting a small herd of deer in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A motorist stops at an intersection between Botelho Drive and South Main Street to avoid hitting a small herd of deer in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A couple of deer avoid Walnut Creek Police on Mount Diablo Blvd.  as they head to the Safeway parking lot in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A pair of deer avoid Walnut Creek Police on Mount Diablo Blvd as they make their way to a Safeway parking lot in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A small herd of deer heads south on North Broadway in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A small herd of deer heads south on North Broadway in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A Walnut Creek Police cruiser attempts to guide a herd of deer through the Safeway parking lot in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
A Walnut Creek Police cruiser attempts to guide a herd of deer through a Safeway parking lot in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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