A OCSO deputy has had an unusual week after removing a giant stuffed bear blocking traffic and then running into a motorcyclist wearing a panda bear helmet.
FORT WALTON BEACH — A local deputy can't seem to stay away from bears.
According to a post on the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, Deputy Mareike Drew has had an unusual week.
After moving a "massive" stuffed bear Sept. 13 that was blocking an entire lane of traffic on Beal Parkway, Drew ran into a motorcyclist Wednesday that was wearing a panda bear helmet.
"She has apparently become our resident bear magnet," OCSO spokeswoman Michele Nicholson said in a text.
The Sheriff's Office added that the rider, who has been identified as Joseph Previto, wears the customized helmet as a fun way to raise awareness for motorcycle safety after losing a friend to a crash.
Previto added he that figured the helmet would get a few laughs, but never expected it to attract this much attention.
"(Drew) came by me laughing and giving me a thumbs up," said Previto, who joked that he was the one who pulled the deputy over. "I knew a lot of people who have wanted a picture of it, and she had that face ... I knew it would make her day."