Super Bowl trophy wound up in police cruiser after car carrying it hit a deer

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A car carrying the New England Patriots’ most recent Super Bowl trophy was involved in an accident in Maine over the weekend. A Patriots employee who had the Vince Lombardi Trophy in his vehicle hit a deer in Fairfield on Friday night.

Stacey James, a spokesman for the Patriots, confirmed the accident to the Associated Press on Saturday and added that the employee wasn’t injured and the trophy emerged without a scratch.

The trophy, which has been traveling around the region to allow fans a chance to see it in person, was on display Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

State trooper Tyler Maloon, who gave the team employee a ride after the accident, posted a photo of himself with the Lombardi Trophy on Facebook and wrote: “A story for the ages!”

This only adds to the lore of the Patriots’ fifth Lombardi Trophy, which they won by completing the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to stun the Falcons in overtime.