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Man Awarded $600,000 After Accidental Lockup

A man who was accidentally locked up in Chicago’s Cook County jail has been awarded $600,000 for the mix up.

WLS reports that Farad Polk was visiting his son in July 2014 when he was directed to “go down the hallway and turn to the right,” where he passed through an open door that closed behind him.

Officials say the room was used by visitors with super-maximum security prisoners on weekdays. Fire Department personnel rescued Polk after he broke a sprinkler head. After he was discovered, he remained trapped in the room for 32 hours.

He sued for emotional trauma.

Cook County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said the sheriff’s officer was grateful Polk was found safe.