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Driver Blames Pet Squirrel For Speeding


When Warren Michael III was pulled over by a Clay County, Fla. Sheriff's deputy under suspicion of DUI, he offered up an excuse that the officer probably never heard before: There was a squirrel under Michael's shirt and it was eating him.

Michael was pulled over after a motorist called the Sheriff's office to report a reckless driver, according to WTLV. The deputy followed Michael's car and pulled him over after witnessing the car cross over onto the grass shoulder and almost hit a stopped car head on.

When the officer reached the window, Michael immediately explained that his pet squirrel was eating him, pointing to a small rodent wrapped up in his shirt.

The deputy also noticed the scent of alcohol on Michael's breath and that he was talking rapidly, slurring his speech and using a lot of profanity. After Michael couldn't produce his license or registration, he was taken out of the vehicle -- after being asked to secure the squirrel -- and given a field sobriety test.

He was subsequently arrested for DUI and police called his girlfriend to take possession of the car...and the squirrel. Michael was cited for DUI and driving without a seat belt.

The squirrel seems to be in good condition and was given a name by the couple: DUI (Dew-ee) as a reminder of what can happen when one drinks, drives, and tries to keep a squirrel as a pet, according to News4Jax.com.


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      ghpianoman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh come on.. everyone knows that's not a pet... that was his dinner coming home with him :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Squirrel wasn't the only "squirrely" thing in the car!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only in America this could happen lol
      ujustdewit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't squirrel and drive.
      durland122
      • 2 Years Ago
      Corvair 68. What kind of "other" pets did you have. Maybe a rock, turtle, lizzared, snake? Of course a squirreeellll would be smarter than the rest.
      mitch
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey rocky...watch me pull a cop out of my hat.....nothing up my sleeve....
      raydar67
      • 2 Years Ago
      We really are 'dumbing down.'
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like squirrels....BBQ'd! Dirty little rodents!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting that the text gives attribution to WTLV but the pictures shows a mike flag of WJXT. Just saying there is some continuity missing.
      wrr01
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet Obama was behind this.
      Ray
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't put it down his pants. Then the squirrel could have gone NUTS!
      Charlie Day
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was probably trying to find its nuts
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