• Sep 26th 2012 at 11:00AM
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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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      • 2 Years Ago
      Only in America this could happen lol
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh come on.. everyone knows that's not a pet... that was his dinner coming home with him :)
      • 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.
      Charlie Day
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was probably trying to find its nuts
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like squirrels....BBQ'd! Dirty little rodents!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't put it down his pants. Then the squirrel could have gone NUTS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Squirrel wasn't the only "squirrely" thing in the car!
      • 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.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't squirrel and drive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey rocky...watch me pull a cop out of my hat.....nothing up my sleeve....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing those cops were squirrel busters. Too many ex-Scientologists getting away with squirreling everything.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh dear - good thing the squirrel took the rap, or Harvey might be in trouble again. By the way, responsible pet owners use harnesses and seat-belt their pets to keep them from flying around the vehicle in case of accident ... and it also keeps them from interfering with the driver performing motor tasks. In case the driver is ever sober with a squirrel in the car.
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