Clay County sheriff's deputies said Warren Michael III, 23, was pulled over Saturday night on Fleming Island after driving off the road, nearly hitting a parked vehicle and veering over the center line, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., reported Tuesday.
Deputies said Michael's eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his speech was slurred and he had the strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The report said Michael told a deputy the squirrel inside his shirt was "eating" him.
The report said Michael was unable to find his license and registration.
I had the defendant secure the squirrel and then exit the vehicle," the deputy wrote.
Deputies said Michael had a difficult time maintaining his balance during a field sobriety test.
He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and driving without a seat belt and was also given a warning for driving a vehicle in an unsafe condition.
Police said the vehicle and the squirrel were turned over to Michael's girlfriend.