A man acting "irrationally" was found hiding in a dumpster after running from police Thursday afternoon.
Jamestown Police investigators were on break in the area of East Second Street and Tiffany Avenue when they observed a man later identified as Pedro W. Nieves acting suspiciously while running in and out of traffic, nearly causing an accident.
"The officers on break observed the subject doing this and approached him to see what the problem was," Jamestown Police Department detective, Lt. Paul Abbott, said. "The man gave a name that was found to be false and as the conversation continued he grew more agitated."
The suspect then continued again out into traffic. Investigators attempted to stop Nieves, but he fought them and got away. Nieves was then pursued by the investigators and patrol units as he ran down Tiffany Avenue and Hopkins Avenue before running behind a few businesses and into the Chadakoin River.
"Investigators pursued the suspect on foot and called for assistance as the chase continued behind a couple of businesses," Abbott said. "Patrol vehicles assisted as the suspect entered the river. While checking the area where he would have come out on the other side, an investigator searched and found him in a dumpster behind an East Second Street business," Abbott said.
Abbott said at the time initial contact was made with Nieves ,officers were unable to discern why he was acting in the manner in which he was, stating Nieves was acting "irrationally" and "not thinking."
Nieves was found to have five outstanding warrants against him for criminal trespassing, failure to appear, fourth-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault. As a result of Thursday's incident, he was additionally charged with third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and second-degree criminal impersonation.
He is currently behind held in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment.