FAIRFIELD — The jail inmate who tried to escape earlier this week and who doused three sheriff’s deputies with flame retardant from a fire extinguisher in the process was arraigned Thursday.
Michael J. Schabert, 24, pleaded not guilty to seven felony charges that include escape, three counts of assaulting a peace officer and three counts of injuring a peace officer while resisting arrest. He was ordered to return to court Feb. 24 for a probable cause hearing on the charges in front of Judge Robert Fracchia.
Six sheriff’s deputies were on hand for Schabert’s arraignment in a courtroom typically tended by a single deputy.
Schabert was in Fracchia’s court Monday shortly before authorities said he made his brief break for freedom as he was being returned from the courthouse to the jail via a secured tunnel. Schabert’s effort to get out of a secured section of the courthouse triggered a fire alarm that led to the public being evacuated from the courthouse, which was locked down for two hours.
The three deputies who captured Schabert in a brief struggle were all treated at NorthBay Medical Center. All three returned to work the day after the incident.
Prior to Monday, Schabert had been in and out of jail and the courthouse because of a 2010 drug possession conviction and for repeatedly violating his probation terms.
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