Wednesday 21 August 2019

Wanted 'attack squirrel' suspect captured after chase

Alabama investigators say a man kept a caged ‘attack squirrel’ in his apartment and fed it methamphetamine to ensure it stayed aggressive. (Limestone County Sheriff’s Office/AP) Newsdesk Newsdesk

An Alabama man who denied feeding methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" he considered a pet has been arrested.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that 35-year-old Mickey Paulk was caught on Thursday night following a chase in which he rammed an investigator's vehicle.

Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple arrest warrants unrelated to the squirrel named "Deeznutz", made infamous after police said they were warned about a meth-fuelled, trained attack squirrel.

READ MORE: I never gave meth to 'attack squirrel', says wanted man  

Paulk told reporters last week that he was working on a plan for turning himself in to authorities.

But authorities said he was taken to Lauderdale County Jail after fleeing a motel on a stolen motorcycle.

It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Deeznutz could not be tested for meth and has been released.

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