Ward County jail inmate accused of damaging sprinkler system

Published: Feb. 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM CST
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An inmate at the Ward County Jail faces new charges after investigators say he caused more than $2,700 worth of damage by breaking his cell’s emergency sprinkler and flooding the cell.

Prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Timothy Smith with C-felony criminal mischief.

According to the criminal affidavit, shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, Smith could be seen on surveillance footage climbing his bunk and twisting the sprinkler head until it snapped off.

His cell began to fill with water, and an oil-like substance sprayed from the sprinkler head over all items in the cell, forcing jail staff to throw them away.

Corrections officers had to manually shut off water flow to his cell, which cut off water flow to numerous cells, according to investigators.

Smith made his initial appearance on the charge Monday and will be arraigned March 12.

He currently has five open case files in district court, according to online records.

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