Anniston police Capt. Allen George said the inmate, Karl Tyree, broke the head off the sprinkler on his cell’s ceiling around 4 a.m.
According to George, Tyree thought the sprinkler head was a camera.
A police report estimates the damage at $2,501.
Tyree was in the Anniston City Jail serving a sentence for a charge of disorderly conduct. According to George, the charge stemmed from a May 10 incident in which Tyree refused to leave the Regional Medical Center emergency room and blocked the entrance.
George said Tyree will likely be charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony.
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