Rowdy 'guests' crash conference center at hotel

February 01, 1997|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

Venison jokes were on the menu yesterday at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn after two deer crashed through big plate-glass windows and a terrified doe led hotel staff on a chase through corridors and, at one point, up to the second floor.

No one was injured, but the buck and doe that got into the hotel's conference wing received cuts that left a bloody trail.

Darlene M. McElhaney, sales director for the inn, said the timing of the incident was fortunate because the corridors were empty. NTC "If it had happened earlier or late in the day, those corridors

would have been full of people," she said.

The incident unfolded soon after 11 a.m. when four deer -- two bucks and two does -- entered the lobby courtyard, said Robin Lawrence of the security staff.

One deer butted a 5-foot-square lobby window, shattering it. Seconds later, across the courtyard, a buck crashed through a 6-foot-by-10-foot window into the hotel's conference wing while a doe smashed through a window farther along, McElhaney said. The buck smashed another window before he leaped to freedom.

Meanwhile, the bleeding doe raced along the corridors as employees tried to herd her toward a parking lot exit, said chief engineer George Fitzsimmons.

Sus Getachew, a security officer, held a door open, but the deer banged against it, briefly pinning the officer behind it as she smashed a window.

The deer then climbed the stairs to the second floor, where Fitzsimmons said he tried to block her path. "She was really scared, trying to get out," he said. Finally, the doe ran back down and out through open doors and fled across Interstate 83.

Pub Date: 2/01/97

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