Big buck in pickup truck costs driver big bucks

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 12:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 25 at 12:58 AM

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a trooper who pulled over a pickup truck traveling at 79 mph in a 55 mph zone south of The Dalles did more than write a speeding ticket. They say he also found an illegally killed trophy-sized buck in the pickup bed.

Sgt. Julie Wilcox says a 31-year-old passenger is accused of having unlawfully shot the buck with a bow and arrow in the White River Unit.

The passenger, Eric Eugene Burris of Portland, was also taken into custody Sunday for investigation of failure to register as a sex offender.

Police say the 25-year-old driver was cited for aiding in a game violation and the speeding issue, as well as driving uninsured and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

The deer and a compound bow were seized.

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