SALEM – Corban Scheckler always wanted to go on a police ride-along.
Even after he was disqualified for a trip with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the 26-year-old Salem man still refused to give up.
First, Scheckler tried making a series of phone calls to deputies to protest.
"He's tried for months. We explained to him that because of his background, he wasn't going on a ride-along," Don Thomson with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.
Then, early Friday morning, Scheckler finally got a chance to ride in a patrol car.
Just before 2 a.m., Sgt. Shane Burnham pulled up behind a car at the intersection of Madrona Avenue Southeast and 12th Street Southeast.
That’s when he saw a man try to open the back door of the car, which spooked the driver who quickly sped off, Thomson said.
Burnham got out of his patrol car to find out what the man was doing. He turned out to be Scheckler, who quickly jumped into the back seat of the patrol car and refused to get out, Thomson said.
Burnham called for backup and Salem police showed up to help deal with Scheckler.
He was then taken out of the car, searched, cuffed and booked at the Marion County Jail on trespassing charges.
"In this case, he rode in the backseat, not the front seat," Thomson said. "This was a first. We gave him a ride, this time to jail."
Deputies still have no explanation for Scheckler’s behavior. They said alcohol was not a factor.