On Thursday July 15, 2021 at approximately 0220 hours Brown County deputies were responding to a report of suspicious activity at a farm site in rural Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. While enroute to the scene one of the deputy squads, driven by Deputy Justin Bauer, hit cattle that were in the middle of the road on 280th Avenue. The squad was traveling below the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour due to the foggy conditions.


Deputy Justin Bauer was transported by Sleepy Eye Ambulance to the New Ulm Medical Center where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries and released. The 2016 Ford Explorer Interceptor squad received damages in excess of $13,000.00. 


The cattle involved in the accident were put down due to the injuries that they received.


The accident is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol.


The Sleepy Eye Ambulance, the Minnesota State Patrol and Brown County Sheriff’s Office all responded to this call for service.