Man visiting Chicago jail gets trapped inside for more than 30 hours

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CHICAGO, IL – A man visiting his son in Chicago’s Cook County jail went into a visiting room that wasn’t being used, and got locked inside for 32 hours.

“He went into that room through two steel doors, both of which shut behind him and he was locked in, ” said Cara Smith, Executive Director, Cook County Jail.

The man went to see his son for his weekly visit at 5:45, Saturday night.

He told officials he pounded on the steel door and banged on concrete walls that are two feet thick.

No one heard him.

Finally, at 1:30 monday morning, after being trapped for nearly 32 hours, he found a way to get people’s attention.

“Fortunately, he had the foresight to see a sprinkler head and break it off and so the room began to flood. The Chicago Fire Department was alerted very early Monday morning.”

Jail officials say the man, who has not been identified, left the jail in good spirits and appeared to forgive them for the “maximum” mistake.