The Sheriff's Office tweeted it had been seeking Paullk on multiple warrants unrelated to the squirrel, WRBZ reported. Authorities said they found Paulk while conducting a surveillance on a motel in Killen. The man left the area on a motorcycle deputies said was stolen, and deputies gave chase, the television station reported. Paulk was arrested after he hit an investigator's vehicle, the News Courier reported.
Last week, an official from the Game and Fish agency said it was illegal to own a squirrel as a pet in Alabama and recommended releasing the animal, the News Courier reported.
The animal was set free, the newspaper reported.