Inmate drives away from work site in state-owned pickup

January 3, 2020 GMT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a South Dakota inmate who drove away from a work site Friday in a state-owned pickup.

RIchard Barela, 28, left the Yankton site in a 2007 Chevy pickup, according to state Department of Corrections officials. He has been placed on escape status.

Barela is serving a six-year prison sentence for possession of a controlled substance out of Hughes County.