Deputies: Man wanting 'Ride Along' gets one - after his arrest

Deputies: Man wanting 'Ride Along' gets one - after his arrest
Corban Scheckler

SALEM, Ore. - Marion County Deputies said a Salem man who had repeatedly applied to their program giving members of the public a "Ride Along" in a patrol car finally got his wish - but only after he was arrested.

Deputies said Corban Schekler, 26, had repeatedly applied for the Ride Along program, which "gives members of the public an opportunity to see first-hand what it's like to work for Marion County Sheriff's Office."

Schekler had been disqualified from the program after a background check but continued to re-apply and pester them, deputies said.

But just before 2 a.m. Friday morning, Sergeant Shane Burnham was on patrol near 12th Street and Madrona Avenue when he spotted Schekler attempting to open the rear door of a vehicle that was stopped ahead of Burnham's vehicle at an intersection.

The driver of the car sped off and Burnham approached Schekler to "find out what he was doing."

Schekler then jumped into the back seat of Burnham's patrol car and refused to get out, deputies said.

Deputies said it took help from Salem Police officers to pry Schekler out of the patrol car. He was searched, handcuffed and taken to the Marion County Jail on criminal trespassing charges.

Deputies said Schekler offered no reason for his behavior. He was due in court Friday afternoon.