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Meth addict trapped in fan for two days after ‘playing one-man hide and seek’

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A drug addict got trapped inside a giant fan for two days while playing a one-man game of hide and seek.

The unidentified man climbed into the industrial-sized vintage fan shaft at a vineyard in Sonoma, California, while high on methamphetamine.

He had to be rescued by police who discovered his abandoned car parked nearby.

At first he told them he was an antique farming equipment enthusiast and crawled inside to take photos.

But officers soon uncovered his lies after they found "far more methamphetamine than camera equipment".

He was taken to hospital as a precaution. He suffered no life-threatening injuries during his two-day ordeal.

However, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said it will recommending charging him with drug possession and trespassing.

"Hide and seek is a two-player game, at a minimum. Let’s find out why," the force posted on Facebook.

"Early this morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the 2800 block of Piner Rd. A deputy responded and located the vehicle, but not the occupant. The vehicle was parked in a location that made no sense. The deputy saw a hat resting on a nearby piece of farm equipment and went over to investigate. The deputy found way more than the hat.

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"The occupant of the vehicle had, inexplicably, decided to climb into the shaft of the vineyard fan and became completely stuck inside the shaft. He had been stuck there for two days before we found him. The Fire Department responded and was able to extricate the man out of the fan shaft.

"When interviewed, the man indicated he liked to take pictures of the engines of old 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.

"We elected to not arrest him as he required medical treatment after his unintended multi-day stay in the fan shaft. The Sheriff’s Office will be recommending charges of trespassing and drug possession, as well as violations of both his probation case and the pending case for which he is currently out of custody on pre-trial release.

"Lucky for this guy the citizen called in to report his vehicle, otherwise this story ends with a far more tragic outcome. Instead, he should make a full recovery and hopefully be wiser for the experience.'"

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