SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was charged with criminal entry after he got so intoxicated that he wandered into a house believing it was his own. A couple called the police shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday when they found Jacob Asmussen asleep in their kitchen.
“It’s more common than you think,” explained Sheridan Police Lt. Chris Dahmke. “People leave their homes unlocked so much and we get a lot of foot traffic. People walk home from the bars and they’re so drunk they don’t know where they’re going. We’ve had several of those types of incidents.”
The couple who lived in the residence called the police when they found the intruder. Asmussen, 36, had a Blood Alcohol Content of .26 when he was arrested, which is more than three times the legally established point of intoxication.
Dahmke said he told police the last thing he remembered was drinking in a bar downtown.
Dahmke said it’s an unfortunate, occasional phenomenon that people who live near the downtown district sometimes find an inebriated stranger has come into their homes and passed out on their couch or the floor.
He said the intrusions are the result of very intoxicated people attempting to migrate home from the bar afoot.
“I would encourage everybody to lock their doors at night,” Dahmke said.