PORTLAND A man who locked himself in the back of an unattended cop car after deciding to sleep there overnight was found yelling from the backseat Tuesday morning, police said.

Ruben Turner III, 30, told Portland police he accidentally locked himself in the back of a police car after finding it unlocked at 4735 E Burnside St. and deciding to sleep there overnight.

He was found yelling around 7:45 a.m., police said. Before getting locked in the backseat, Turner rummaged through the glove box and unhooked the Mobile Data Computer from its mount.

He also ripped out the foam padding from the headliner and around the plastic seats in the back of the car, causing extensive damage.

In [an] attempt to summon assistance, Turner wrote pleH (Help) with his finger in the condensation on the window, police said. Turner was unaware that Southeast Precinct is not staffed 24 hours a day.

Turner was arrested on criminal mischief, unlawful entry and criminal trespassing charges.

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