Police: Snoozing man dumped into recycle truck, squeezed twice

Police: Snoozing man dumped into recycle truck, squeezed twice

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Police said a man who had too much to drink picked the wrong spot to sleep it off and ended up getting dumped into a recycle truck and squeezed - twice.

Police said 27-year-old Justin Gilpatrick told them he decided against driving home after drinking at a nearby bar and crawled into a cardboard recycling dumpster sometime Thursday night near SE 99th Avenue and SE Stark Street.

Gilpatrick was asleep when police said Waste Management crews emptied the bin into a truck Friday morning shortly before 4 a.m.

The truck crew compacted the load twice before the driver discovered Gilpatrick was in amongst the refuse. They called 9-1-1- and he was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

He has since been released.

He was able to escape serious injury because the truck had just started it's run and was mostly empty, leaving room for him to avoid the compactor.

"This is the situation of a well-trained driver doing his job," said Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang. "He heard something unusual and immediately pulled over and shut down all of the moving parts in the truck."

Gilpatrick spent about five minutes stuck in the truck before anybody noticed he was there.

Police said Gilpatrick would not face any charges.