Escaped Florence inmate back in custody

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - An inmate who walked away from his job assignment Friday morning is back in custody.

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Derrick Gamble was taken back into custody at a hotel off Highway 378 in Hopkins, S.C. around 11 p.m. Monday. Gamble had been serving a two-year sentence for habitual traffic violations.

Officials said Gamble left his job at the vocational rehabilitation office in Florence around 9 a.m. Friday. Gamble was being held at the minimum security Palmer Pre-release Center. After leaving the office, Gamble was seen getting into a 1999 green Ford Expedition.

Eyvonne Gregg, a woman found at the hotel with Gamble has been arrested and charged with aiding and abetting an escapee. Gregg is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County.

Gamble was taken to the maximum security Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia. He now faces a charge of felony escape, which could carry a 15-year sentence.

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