Escaped inmate prompts search in Florence

Derrick Gamble (Source: SCDOC)
Derrick Gamble (Source: SCDOC)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A 29-year-old minimum security inmate has walked away from his job site in Florence Friday morning, sparking a search by the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

According to Josh Gelinas, spokesman for the agency, Derrick Gamble walked away from a South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Office in Florence at 9 a.m.

Gamble, who was housed at the Palmer Pre-Release Center in Florence, was spotted getting into a green 1999 Ford Expedition.

The 29-year-old is described by authorities as a black male, standing 6'3" and weighing 185 pounds. Gamble is said to have black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans.

Gamble began serving a two-year sentence in November 2009 for habitual traffic offenses in Sumter County. According to Gelinas, he now faces a felony escape charge that can carry up to 15 years in prison.

Anyone with information on Gamble's whereabouts is asked to call 1-877-349-2130.

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