Video: Deputy smashes window to free large bear stuck in car

Bear runs into woods after jumping out of car

A bear escapes a car.
A bear escapes a car.

LAKE TAHOE – A car fit for a bear?

A northern California deputy got a big surprise after getting a call about something inside a parked car.

According to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, a bear got into a Subaru Outback near Lake Tahoe and destroyed the inside of the vehicle.

The deputy broke a window of the vehicle, and the bear climbed out and ran away.

It's not known how the animal got into the vehicle.

The deputy was not injured.

Video of the incident (see below) was posted to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy had to rescue a bear that trapped itself inside a car recently near Lake Tahoe. The bear got into a Subaru Outback in Carnelian Bay and destroyed the interior so badly that the doors couldn’t be unlocked. It was decided the safest way to get the bear out of the car was to break the window. Deputy Lade was brave enough to break the window, allowing the bear to jump out and flee into the forest.

Posted by Placer County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 20, 2018