Sheboygan police got a surprise after they stunned a man during a traffic stop: They opened his trunk and found a live chicken.

The man told the officers he got the fowl from a local fast food restaurant, police Capt. James Tetzlaff said.

The incident started about 2 a.m. Friday with a traffic stop. The 34-year-old Sheboygan man threw a pack of cigarettes out of his car window and then tried to run, Tetzlaff said. The pack contained three-fourths of an ounce of cocaine, he said.

An officer pursued the man, caught him, punched him in the head and knocked him to the ground, Tetzlaff said.

The man tried to run again, and the two were struggling when a second officer zapped both with a stun gun. The second officer zapped the suspect again before he was able to handcuff him, Tetzlaff said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he received six stitches for two cuts on his face. The chicken was taken to the Sheboygan County Humane Society.

Police are recommending charges including cocaine possession with intent to deliver, resisting arrest and operating while intoxicated, Tetzlaff said.