Published October 10, 2009
| Associated Press
DELAND, Fla. – Authorities say a Florida man became angry and strangled a pet rat after accusing his wife of taking the last cigarette.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reports that 22-year-old Darren Daniels grabbed his wife during a confrontation early Thursday morning.
The 20-year-old woman told deputies that she eventually ran away and hid outside for about an hour. Before that, Daniels reportedly grabbed a white rat from a tank in their apartment, smashed its head and then strangled it.
Authorities say Daniels drove away recklessly and refused to pull over for deputies. Stop sticks were used to flatten his tires.
Daniels was charged with battery and fleeing and eluding. Authorities weren't sure if he'd be charged with animal cruelty.
Daniels was being held on $3,000 bail.