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Man gets stuck in Chicago jail for 30 hours

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CHICAGO (NBC) - A man spent more than 30 hours inside a Chicago jail after getting trapped in a room while visiting his son.

Saturday afternoon, Farad Polk Sr. visited the Cook County Jail to visit his son who is being held on a drug charge. Officials said that his son had been transferred to a different part of the jail and was given directions.

"He came upon a door that was ajar and it had a sign on it that that said 'visitors vestibule' and believing that's where he was supposed to go...went through two doors and and both doors shut behind him. He was locked in that room," said Spokesperson Cara Smith.

Polk banged on the walls and the door but no one could hear him.

"You can't hear anything. There's two very thick steel doors in between him and the hallway and probably two feet of cement between the room and the hallway," Smith said.

Polk eventually climbed on a stool and broke a sprinkler head. The fire department found him early Monday morning.

"I met with him at the hospital early Monday morning and was so relieved he was OK and was so terribly sorry for what he went through...he was incredibly gracious and thankful to be out of there," Smith said.

Polk needed stitches on one of his thumbs from breaking the sprinkler.

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