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Florida Couple's Dumpster Nap Ends in Back of Garbage Truck

By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 08:26 AM

A Florida couple fell asleep in a dumpster after a night of heavy drinking, woke up in the back of a garbage truck, and were nearly killed by the truck's compactor.

"I got two people — I don't know how they got in the back of the truck but they're stuck in the truck. I almost killed both of them," Radames Velazquez tells an emergency dispatcher in his 911 call. The recording of the call was obtained by Fox Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

"I think there's a female in there with a guy. She's screaming her head off . . . he's saying she's hurt. I hear her hollering," he added.

When police arrived on the scene, they discovered the couple, Donald Jordan, 37, and Lisa Sirbella, 49, were free of major injuries. They were, however, taken to Tampa General Hospital after saying they had back pain.

Hillsborough County deputies said they initially thought the couple was homeless, but soon discovered that they had been intoxicated after leaving the Seminole Hard Rock Casino on Tuesday night. In their stupor, they fell asleep in the dumpster outside the Wawa gas station.

On Wednesday morning, the couple was deposited in the back of the garbage truck as Velazquez did his normal rounds. He noticed a man jumping up and down in the back of the truck while he was driving, pulled over, and called police.

Velazquez said the couple was lucky his truck was mostly empty. He initiated the compactor, but stopped it when he realized there were people in the back.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Jordan and Sirabella both have extensive criminal histories.

"Jordan has been arrested 43 times since 1999 for charges relating to drugs, public drinking, disturbing the peace, burglary, battery and trespassing, according to state law enforcement records. He has served time in both Osceola County jail and state prison," it wrote.

"Sirabella has been arrested 22 times since 2000, records show. She has been convicted of battery, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence. She has served short sentences in jail."



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