Hunter mistakes truck for deer

NORTH HARMONY — An out-of-state hunter was charged Friday after mistakenly shooting a truck when he thought it was a deer.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported that Marvin C. Miller, 26 of Middlefield, Ohio, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm across a roadway.

Miller was hunting on state lands in the area of Snake Forest Road when he mistakenly took a brown-colored pick-up truck to be that of a deer.

Miller fired one round from his 7mm high-powered scoped rifle, striking the moving truck in the driver’s side front fender — just a few feet from two occupants. Neither were injured, but the round went through the engine compartment, totally disabling the truck.

One of the occupants and owner of the vehicle, Robert Merritt of Springboro, Pennsylvania, called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. to report the incident. Sheriffs and the New York State Environmental Conservation Police Agency responded.

Miller left the woods and checked on the status of the occupants.

Miller was later charged, arraigned in Sherman Town Court and released after posting bail.

The New York State Environmental Conservation Police Agency will return to the site of the incident on today to continue their investigation. Additional charges are pending.