Updated: Friday, 11 Jan 2013, 10:28 AM EST
Published : Friday, 11 Jan 2013, 10:28 AM EST
MENTOR, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a man crashed a dirt bike in a northeast Ohio park where SWAT team sharpshooters were using high-powered rifles to cull the deer herd.
Mentor Police Chief Kevin Knight said the officers were shooting deer from tree stands when the man rode a dirt bike into a closed-off area of Morton Park, east of Cleveland. Officers gave chase, and the man rode off into the woods where he crashed.
An officer on an ATV found the 36-year-old man pinned under the bike. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and will face criminal charges.
The city got permission from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for four SWAT team snipers to harvest deer. They're trying to reduce the number of car crashes caused by the animals.