A man has been found trapped in an air vent for two days.
The police were called to a vineyard in Sonoma, California, on Monday after the owner complained of a “suspicious vehicle” parked on the property.
Officers from the Sonoma Sheriff’s Office investigated but couldn’t find the car’s owner.
“The deputy saw a hat resting on a nearby piece of farm equipment and went over to investigate,” police said.
“The deputy found way more than the hat.”
Police said the man, who owns the car, had “inexplicably” decided to climb into the shaft of the vineyard fan “and became completely stuck inside”.
“He had been stuck there for two days before we found him,” police said.
“The fire department responded and was able to extricate the man out of the fan shaft.”
Man's strange excuse for climbing into farm equipment
He told people he was inside the shaft because he wanted to take photos of the farm equipment.
“After a thorough investigation which revealed the farm equipment wasn’t antique and the man had far more methamphetamine than camera equipment, the motivation to climb into the fan shaft remains a total mystery,” police said.
The man wasn’t arrested because he required medical treatment but police will recommend he is charged with trespassing and drug possession.
Police said he had also breached probation ahead of a trial.
The department added it’s lucky the man’s car was found along with him “otherwise this story ends with a far more tragic outcome”.
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