A Green Cove Springs, Florida man was pulled over by a Clay County police officer after they had received reports of a man driving erratically on U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island just before 9 p.m. When deputies caught up with Warren Michael III, “his pickup was weaving, drifting off the road into the grass, nearly hitting a parked car, and over the center line, according to the report,” Fox 4 Jax reported.
According to Fox 4 Jax, when Michael was pulled over, he told the officer that his pet squirrel was “in his shirt, eating him,” causing him to drive erratically.
“The report says Michael also had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and glassy eyes, flushed face and slurred speech,” Fox 4 reported.
The report goes on to say that Michael was attempting to hand over his license and registration information to the officer but kept dropping the items.
The deputy told Michael to “secure the squirrel” and exit the vehicle. The deputy then administered a field sobriety test, which Michael failed.
Michael was arrested and charged with a DUI.
“Breath tests done at the Clay County jail found blood-alcohol levels of .145 and .156 — nearly double the legal limit. Michael was charged with DUI, driving without a seat belt, and given a warning for driving a vehicle in unsafe condition,” Fox 4 reported.