BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A simple trip to the store early Tuesday morning turned out to be a bad decision for a Beaverton woman.
The decision was nearly fatal for her little hamster.
Beaverton's Nicole Huey, 27, was driving to a store at 12:35 a.m. Oct. 16 when she was pulled over by police, which is when they saw Huey had a hamster loose on her lap.
Upon a police investigation, they arrested Huey on a DUII charge and took her to the police department.
Meanwhile, the hamster was still in Huey's vehicle.
She told police she didn't have anyone who could retrieve the hamster from the scene and told police, "so you should just kill it."
Police told Huey her hamster would not be harmed and it would be taken to a safe place.
But getting the hamster to a safer place turned out to be difficult because police had a tough time catching it in Huey's car.
It took three officers to capture the furry little passenger before one of them made a makeshift container from an evidence tube and safely transported the hamster to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin.
Huey picked up the hamster from the clinic later Tuesday morning after she was released.
Police said a lesson to learn from the incident -- other than do not drink and drive -- is it is not safe to drive with any type of animal on the driver's lap because it could interfere with the driver's ability to drive safely. Police said it is crucial to put an animal in some type of container for its safety when it is in a car.