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Nicole Huey's Hamster Taken Into 'Protective Custody' When Woman Accused Of DUI

10/19/2012 03:41 pm ET | Updated Nov 26, 2012

This hamster will be happy to be back at its own wheel.

Beaverton police pulled over Nicole Huey, 27, at around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday on a suspicion that she was driving in an impaired state, the Oregonian reports. When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed the woman had a hamster in her lap.

The hamster "was not not using any safety equipment," wrote Officer Mike Rowe in a post, titled "A Hamster Was Taken Into Protective Custody," on the Beaverton Police Department's Facebook page.

Huey got out of the vehicle, "leaving the hamster to watch from the dashboard," according to the post.

She reportedly told an officer that there was no one who could come pick up the hamster, and said they "should just kill it."

Not one for murder, the officer told her that they would not harm the animal and would take it to a safe location.

"It took three officers to capture the furry little passenger," according to Rowe's post.

Huey was arrested and jailed on an accusation of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The hamster was brought to a local veterinary clinic, and police say Huey arrived to retrieve the animal later that morning.

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