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Hall County inmate escapes from work detail
Derek Crawford
Derrick Crawford

Inmate Derrick Crawford, 35, walked away from a Hall County Correctional Institute work detail making road repairs in North Hall County around 12:15 p.m. Monday, according to Hall County officials.

The 6-foot-1 black man weighing 220 pounds was last seen near the intersection of Ga. 60 and Hubert Stephens Road. Crawford is a state inmate serving a 20-year sentence for trafficking cocaine out of Douglas County, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Warden Walt Davis said the crew with Crawford was working to cut overhanging brush from the sides of the roads, with Crawford operating the sign for traffic.

“As best as we can tell at this point, he was picked up by an unknown person in a black Dodge Charger,” Davis said. “... He’s not from this area, so he’s probably headed to parts unknown at this point.”

Davis said the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, K-9 units and other law enforcement are looking to bring Crawford back to Hall County.

“We’re doing everything we can to locate this individual,” he said. “... We have mobilized every resource we possibly can at this point to locate this individual and get him back in custody.”

Crawford was last seen wearing a blue-jean jacket and white pants with a blue stripe down the leg.

According to the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System, Crawford has not been booked for a criminal offense in Hall County.

The circumstances of the escape are currently under investigation.

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