Mickey Paulk, the man suspected of feeding meth to an “attack squirrel” in an incident that has gone viral, was captured Thursday night in Limestone County, authorities said.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were surveilling a Lauderdale County hotel when Paulk left the establishment on a stolen motorcycle. Authorities said Paulk rammed an investigator’s vehicle and was captured after a brief pursuit.
Paulk is set to be booked into the Limestone County Jail on drug and gun charges. He is also being charged with attempting to elude, criminal mischief and felon in possession with a firearm stemming from his capture. The sheriff’s office said Paulk had a gun in his waistband when he was captured.
Paulk had been wanted by the sheriff’s office since June 18, when a drug bust in Athens turned up meth, ammunition and body armor.
Also found was a caged squirrel. Before authorities acted on a search warrant, they were told that Paulk fed meth to the animal to keep it aggressive. The sheriff’s office said it released the squirrel into a wooded area.
“There was no safe way to test the squirrel for meth,” Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s office said in a June 18 statement shortly after the bust.
The squirrel garnered national fame when the story came to light, including its own Twitter account.
Paulk released a video the day after the bust with a squirrel that he claimed was the same one released by sheriff’s deputies. He denied that he fed the squirrel meth.
The video, which contains content that might be offensive to some people, can be viewed here.
The Sheriff’s Office is still actively seeking Paulk and issued a warning Friday that anyone helping Paulk evade capture could also face criminal charges.
BREAKING: Mickey Paulk has been arrested. LCSO narcotics investigators were conducting surveillance at America’s Best Value Inn in Killen, AL when Paulk left on a stolen motorcycle. After a brief pursuit, Paulk rammed an investigator vehicle and was arrested. pic.twitter.com/3E3N0SsXU5
— Limestone Sheriff (@LimestoneCoSO) June 28, 2019
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