Department of Corrections searching for escaped Florence inmate

FLORENCE, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Corrections is searching for a minimum security inmate who walked away from a jobsite Friday morning.

Corrections officials say Derrick Gamble, left his job at the Vocational Rehabilitation office in Florence around 9 a.m.  Gamble was being held at the Palmer Pre-release Center.  After leaving the office, Gamble was seen getting into a 1999 green Ford Expedition.

Gamble is serving a two year sentence for habitual traffic offenses that occurred in Sumter County.  He now faces a felony escape charge which can carry up to an additional fifteen year sentence.

Gamble, 29, is black, has brown eyes, black hair, stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs about 185 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Corrections' Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 1-877-349-2130 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  After 5 p.m., call 1-803-896-2258, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division at 1-803-737-9000, or local law enforcement.

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