Drunk man snoozes in dumpster, gets picked up, compacted

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PORTLAND -- A man who decided he was too drunk to drive early Friday morning chose instead to crawl into a recycling dumpster near a Southeast Portland bar, only to be picked up by a hauler and twice compacted.

Justin Gilpatrick, 27, had been drinking near Club 205, at Southeast Stark Street and 99th Avenue, when he chose the container to spend the night instead of a drunken drive home, according Lt. Robert King.

A manager told KGW Friday morning the man had not been inside Club 205.

The trash hauler showed up sometime after 1 a.m. The truck emptied the recycling container and continued on its route, twice compacting the load, King said.

When the truck reached Mall 205, the Waste Management worker discovered the man in the truck, King said. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken the hospital by ambulance at about 2:45 a.m.

Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang said the driver did everything he could to help the man, including initial treatment. The driver had to convince the man not to walk away as he wished, but to stay and get proper medical attention.

Lang said the driver was shaken up by the incident.