CLAY COUNTY, Fla. (WTLV) -- When a Clay County Sheriff's Office deputy pulled over a driver he believed to be driving under the influence, he found a man who claimed a squirrel was "eating him" under his shirt.
The incident began when a motorist called the Clay County Sheriff's Office around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night to report a reckless driver near Highway 17 and the Black Creek Bridge, according to an arrest report from the Sheriff's Office.
The caller stayed on the line reporting the driver's location until a Clay County deputy caught up to them.
As the deputy followed the possibly impaired driver, the report said he saw the passenger side tires cross into the grass shoulder.
The deputy stopped the driver, identified as 23-year-old Warren Michael III, after he nearly hit a stopped vehicle head on.
When the deputy went got to driver's window, Michael immediately told the deputy he had a "squirrel eating him." The report says Michael as this point pointed to a small squirrel wrapped under his shirt.
After a brief continued discussion about the squirrel, the report says the deputy noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Michael and that his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. While talking to the deputy, about the squirrel and other questions posed by the deputy, the report notes Michael's speech slurred slightly while being "very talkative and frequently using profanity."
After Michael could not provide police with his driver license or registration, deputies asked him to secure his squirrel and exit his vehicle to take a field sobriety test.
While being tested, the arrest report says Michael did not perform well. The report says he appeared unsteady, leaning and swaying during the walk and turn. He also, according to the report, put his foot down twice during the one leg stand.
Due to his performance during the field sobriety test, the report says deputies had reason to believe Michael was driving under the influence.
Since Michael was being arrested for DUI, police called his girlfriend to come to the scene. When she arrived, the report says she repeatedly told Michael he was too drunk and should not have been driving. The girlfriend, who told police she had been dating Michael for over a year and knew when he was drunk, took possession of both Michael's vehicle and his squirrel.
Deputies took Michael to the Clay County Jail for a breathalyzer test. When deputies gave him the test, the report notes he blew two breath samples. One was a .145 and the second a .156. The legal limit in the state of Florida is .08.
Police cited Michael for DUI and driving without a seat belt. He was given a written warning for driving his vehicle in an unsafe condition.
First Coast News