Livingston, LA – A Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy had a close encounter with an angry pet squirrel after he arrested its owner near Baton Rouge last month (video below).
The incident occurred on the evening of Feb. 28 after two Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop on a tow truck just east of Baton Rouge, the Daily Mail reported.
The deputies ultimately arrested a tow truck driver at the scene.
But the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said that when the deputies went to search the man’s vehicle, his “pet feral squirrel” attacked one of them and wouldn’t let go, the Daily Mail reported.
Dashcam video from the incident showed that one of the deputies leaned into the truck and came back out with a squirrel on the back of his neck.
The video showed the officer spinning in circles as the squirrel ran up and down his back and stayed just out of reach of his hands.
Then the other officer tried to assist by swatting at the furry suspect, also to no avail, the video showed.
The sheriff’s department released the dashcam video of the incident, in real-time and in slow-motion, set to cartoonish music and posted it on social media for laughs.
The deputies eventually captured the squirrel and put it back in its cage, according to the Daily Mail.
Police have not released any details about the arrest of the tow truck driver nor about the search of the truck.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: