Man Locked in Beer Cooler Makes the Best of It: Police
Police say Jeremy Van Ert spent all night drinking in store's walk-in cooler
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 4:46 PM CDT
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Jeremy Van Ert   (Mugshot)

(Newser) – Police say a 38-year-old man played it a little too cool after getting locked in a walk-in beer cooler overnight Tuesday in Wisconsin. The Daily Tribune reports the man entered the cooler at a Kwik Trip convenience store in Marshfield around 11:50pm. The cooler automatically locks at midnight and trapped the man, identified as Jeremy Van Ert, inside, according to WSAW. The store is open 24 hours, so Van Ert would only have had to knock on the glass to be rescued by an employee. Instead, police say he spent all night in the 32-degree cooler, drinking a bottle of beer and three cans of Four Loko.

Van Ert was freed when a customer noticed him in the cooler around 5:50am Wednesday. Police say he left the store without paying for his drinks—or the three cases of beer he damaged when he fell over them—but was soon arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Van Ert was cited for misdemeanor retail theft.

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