February 4, 2016

Deputy saves man who locked himself in car trunk

A Marathon Sheriff’s deputy saved a man who had fallen into his car’s trunk and become locked inside.

Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when dispatchers said they had a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Sombrero Beach. When the deputy arrived, he found a 1997Lincoln Continental with all its doors wide open, but the trunk was closed. As he approached the vehicle, he heard knocking coming from the trunk. Deputy Hopp announced himself as an deputy with the Sheriff’s Office and ordered the person in the trunk to come out.

The man in the trunk replied that he could not get out because he was locked inside.

Deputy Hopp opened the trunk and let the man out. The 32 year old Marathon man told Deputy Hopp he’d decided to go for a walk at the beach and when he returned to the car, he noticed his keys were missing. He said he was looking for the keys when he fell into the trunk, which then closed, locking him inside.

A small amount of marijuana was found in the car, in the open glove box, along with a small metal pipe. The man was given a notice to appear in court for possessing the illegal substance.

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