Dumpster diver: Man pulled from garbage after fleeing police

Rain Smith • Mar 1, 2013 at 3:48 AM

A deputy's attempt to stop a speeder in a school zone ended with officers digging their suspect out of the garbage, as the driver allegedly bolted from his vehicle and attempted to hide in a Blountville dumpster.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office would later learn that William Rigoulot, 29, of 240 Hunters Trail, had an active warrant for violation of probation. Due to Friday morning's incident he's now facing a number of charges, including evading arrest.

According to a police report, the incident began Friday morning at 8 a.m, in the school zone of Blountville Middle School. A deputy allegedly observed a Chevrolet Cavalier traveling 37 mph in the 15 mph zone.

The officer reports activating the squad car's emergency lights, air horn and siren, with Rigoulot pulling into Apple Villa Apartments. He then allegedly opened his door and ran from the apartment complex.

Police report a female passenger remained in the vehicle and identified Rigoulot as the driver. She added that he was wanted in Washington County, Tenn., with a check of records revealing she had an active warrant, as well. She was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, several officers responded to search the area for Rigoulot. He was reportedly located on nearby Birch Street, "in a dumpster," and taken into custody without further incident.

Police report Rigoulot was driving without insurance, while his vehicle's tag was expired. It allegedly displayed a 2013 registration decal, which the female passenger claiming he had stolen from a vehicle in Bristol, Va.

In Sullivan County Rigoulot was additionally charged with failure to comply with financial responsibility, violation of registration law and improper display of registration.

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