The Cabarrus County Health Department is investigating after a woman said she saw roadkill being taken to a Concord restaurant over the weekend.
That woman took a picture Sunday afternoon after she saw the people in the car pick up a dead deer off the road and throw it in the back of a car.
She recognized the car from it delivering food to her home and office.
“I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said the woman, who didn’t want to be identified. She called police after the car drove behind China Fun with the roadkill in the back.
“We went there and found, indeed, they had slaughtered a deer, or were cutting up a dead deer in the back of the parking lot and had already brought parts inside, into the sink,” County Health Director William Pilkington said.
Channel 9 caught up with restaurant owner Sunny Chen on Wednesday, who said he was the one driving the Versa in the photos that a viewer sent in.
“I asked somebody if I could eat deer from the side of the road. He said OK,” Chen said. “But maybe it’s not OK to bring it to the restaurant, so that’s my mistake.”
He said his friend told him he could take the deer. Chen told Bruno he wanted it because he never had eaten deer before.
He apologizes to his customers, but said he was never going to serve the deer. It was just for him.