PRINCETON — As if worrying about deer crashing through your windshield wasn't bad enough.

Princeton homeowners got a surprise visit from a confused deer that smashed into their Wescott Road home on Friday.

Police, Fire Marshal Joe Novak and Animal Control Officer Jim Ferry found the slightly bloodied deer in a stairwell.

The deer fled after authorities removed a basement door that had blocked its exit, police said.

"Should a deer wind up in your residence, retreat to a separate room and contact police immediately. The deer will be very afraid and you can be seriously injured as it tries to escape confinement," police said on Facebook.

Sign up for the NJ1015.com Newsletter

Get the best of NJ1015.com delivered to your inbox every day.