By The Associated Press
VICKSBURG – Authorities say Ronald Wade walked into a sheriff’s department in Mississippi to apply for a job as a jailer. He ended up in the jail – but as an inmate.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said the 31-year-old Wade was wanted in Florida on a warrant for driving under the influence-manslaughter.
Pace said Wade had been involved in a wreck in Manatee County, Fla., but was never arrested on the charge. The initial background check revealed the warrant for his arrest. Deputies arrested Wade on Wednesday.
It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer. Pace said Wade waived extradition proceedings during a brief hearing Wednesday and will be returned to Florida.
It’s not clear if Wade knew he was wanted in Florida. Authorities say he was hospitalized after the accident and moved to Vicksburg, Miss., after his release to be near family.
Pace said the situation is strange, but it’s not the only weird crime story he has.
“I guess the most bizarre thing other than that was a young man coming to discuss the possibility of doing a college internship with the department. My staff watched him hide his bag of weed outside the department by a big oak tree,” Pace said. “He did not do an internship.”
The criminal justice student was charged with drug possession.