Attempted Escape From Coffee Co. Jail

On two separate occasions over the weekend, the quick actions of correctional officers averted an escape from the Coffee County Jail.

In each instance, one or more inmates may have used a cigarette lighter to activate the ceiling fire sprinklers.

A jail official believes the inmates were trying to get into the recreation yard so they could scale the razor wire fence.

One cell block had more than an inch of water on the floor Saturday afternoon.

News 4 has been told in each instance, inmate Michael Catrett was in the cell where the sprinklers were activated.

Local, state and federal authorities last month raided Catrett's property near New Brockton.

They described it as a large scale methamphetamine factory.

Catrett remains in jail under $2 million bond. He and two other inmates have been placed in isolation at the New Brockton facility.