AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas inmate could face several new charges after he allegedly tried to escape from Bexar County Adult Detention Center and flooded part of the facility in the process, according to a release from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Mathew Fields, 24, was being held at the jail on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. He faced a $200 bond.
While in his cell, Fields allegedly climbed into the ceiling of his cell and went into a stairwell.
“He ran up the stairs from the basement to the 7th floor, where he was caught and subdued with force by taser deployment,” officials wrote. “Two deputies suffered minor injuries while pursuing him into the ceiling.”
While Fields was in the stairwell, he allegedly opened a sprinkler valve and caused parts of the jail basement to flood. He was ultimately caught in the infirmary of the jail and never made it out of the secured facility, deputies say.
Investigators are now looking into possible new charges for Fields. Earlier in the week, Fields also allegedly bit a deputy during an unrelated incident in the jail.
Fields now faces escape, criminal mischief and assault on a public servant charges. Investigators are working to determine the class severity of the charges and the bond amount.