Man Locked in Convenience Store Beer Cooler Stays and Drinks

Man Locked in Convenience Store Beer Cooler Stays and Drinks

A Wisconsin man apparently had a bad beer run Wednesday after he was locked in a gas station beer cooler for several hours and eventually ended up in police custody.

Jeremy Van Ert, 38, of Marshfield, faces a retail theft charged and was behind bars Thursday on a probation hold.

He said, "The subject found himself locked within the beer cooler (and) knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer after midnight".

A customer finally found Van Ert in the beer cooler at 5:50 a.m. - six hours after Van Ert first arrived at the Kwik Trip. The local ABC affiliate WAOW reports that Van Ert is now behind bars at a local jail on probation hold from an unrelated case that required him to stay sober.

The cooler has a glass door and if he knocked, employees would have heard him and allowed him out, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. Before he was able to buy the beer, however, he was accidentally locked inside the store's beer cooler. He also fell over a stack of Busch Light 30-pack cases, breaking three of them open.

"He had a pretty high blood alcohol level when he was arrested and as a part of his probation he was ordered to not drink alcohol", Gramza said. "I've been here 20 years and I've never".

Kwik Trip officials told police they will be reviewing their security.

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