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LOCKPORT – A man who fled from the Niagara County Courthouse June 27, causing injuries to two officers who recaptured him, attributed his actions to drug use Thursday, as he was sentenced to a total of four to eight years in state prison on three separate felonies.

“The drugs I was using messed up my life,” said Tarale T. Haugabook, 21, of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said Haugabook had hoped for some kind of drug treatment as part of the sentence, but State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he couldn’t do that. Faso said Haugabook had used heroin, cocaine and marijuana before coming to court on the day of the escape.

Despite handcuffs, he ran from the building after Kloch ordered him jailed following his guilty pleas to third-degree burglary for a Feb. 1 break-in in Niagara Falls, and a probation violation on a 2011 conviction for attempted second-degree robbery. He pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault in the escape case.