Ore. man pleads guilty to trying to throw co-worker into wood chipper

Police: Tree company employee tried to put co-worker into wood chipper head-first

KEIZER, Ore. – A man who worked for a tree trimming service was sentenced to nearly six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to trying to push his co-worker into a wood chipper, head-first.

Officers arrested Scott Iverson on attempted murder and attempted assault charges after the incident back on May 1, 2017.

Iverson's co-worker at R&R Tree Service, Austin Crawford, told police they were working at a property on Moneda Avenue North when Iverson put him in a choke hold and tried to push him into the wood chipper machine.

Another co-worker intervened and help get Iverson off Crawford before his head hit the spinning blades of the chipper.

Crawford told KATU that Iverson attacked him out of nowhere. “I don't want to die this way,” Crawford said he remembers thinking.

Iverson pleaded guilty to the attempted assault charge and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

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