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Bexar County inmate climbs into ceiling of jail cell in an attempt to escape

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A Bexar County inmate is facing additional charges after trying to escape from the Bexar County Jail.

The sheriff’s office reports 24-year–old Matthew Fields climbed into the ceiling of his cell and into a stairwell around 12:05 a.m. Wednesday. While in the stairwell, he managed to open a sprinkler valve, causing some flooding in parts of the basement.

Fields ran up the stairs from the basement to the 7th floor where he was caught and subdued with the use of a taser. He was found in the infirmary, but never left the secured area of the Bexar County Detention Center.

Two deputies suffered minor injuries while pursuing Fields into the ceiling.

Fields originally was booked on a charge of Criminal Trespass, but additional charges include Escape, Criminal Mischief and Assault on a Public Servant.

He’s accused of biting a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy earlier this week during an unrelated incident.

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