HOWLAND — The chief deputy at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department needed treatment at a hospital after his cruiser struck a moose in Howland over the weekend.

The department says Chief Deputy Troy Morton’s vehicle struck the animal at a slow speed shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Morton struck his head during the crash and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He was released later Sunday and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the impact broke the cruiser’s windshield and tore off a side mirror.

The moose wandered away from the scene of the crash and deputies did not search for it.