Inmate located after escaping during transport to Florence

Derrick Dupree (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Derrick Dupree (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An inmate being transported to a medical facility in Florence managed to get away, and was found in an abandoned house after a search.

Marlboro County deputies were escorting the inmate to a facility on East Palmetto Street Friday morning, according to Lt. Compton with Florence City Police. When a deputy was taking the inmate inside, he got away and began running towards Hope Health, a mental health facility.

Florence City Police and Florence County Sheriff's Office were notified and started to search the area. A Florence officer found the inmate in an abandoned house on Ravenel Street in Florence.

The inmate, 30-year-old Derrick Dupree, was booked into the Florence County Detention Center and charged with escape.

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