PORTLAND — A Portland used an unlocked and unmarked patrol car at Southeast Precinct for a place to sleep last night.
When he woke up this morning, he discovered the car had no back seat door handles because it’s used for custody transports. He was stuck inside. He wrote “help” in the condensation on the window, but no one was there to see it since the precinct is not staffed around the clock.
So he had to wait until officers arrived this morning. They let him out and arrested 30-year-old Ruben James Turner III for unlawful entry, criminal mischief and trespass.
Sergeant Pete Simpson says patrol cars are usually locked, but this one was not and calls it an oversight. While Turner was stuck in the car, he ripped out foam padding.