Police: Wanted man nearly killed by recycling truck while hiding from officers

File photo of Appleton police patch. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- A man running from police was nearly killed when he was dumped into a recycling truck from a dumpster where he was hiding, Appleton officers say.

According to Appleton police, the incident began around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. An officer noticed a disturbance in a parking lot near the intersection of Richmond Street and Wisconsin Avenue, on the city's north side. When the officer pulled into the lot, a man ran out of a vehicle and climbed a fence into a residential area. Officers soon discovered the man was wanted for parole violation.

A little bit later, a city employee who was operating a recycling truck reported hearing yelling from the back of the truck. When the worker stopped the truck, the suspect crawled out of the hopper and ran off.

Police eventually caught up with the man. He climbed another fence, but collapsed in a yard. He was taken away in an ambulance with a serious head injury, which police believe he suffered when he was dumped into the recycling truck.

Police say the suspect was a 36-year-old man from Medford. Police are recommending he be charged with obstructing. They may also recommend additional charges, since an officer was hurt trying to arrest the man. That officer was treated at the hospital and released.

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