Cleveland County inmate walks away from jail

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Cleveland County authorities are searching for an inmate who apparently walked out of the jail with a group of inmates who were being released.

Sheriff Joe Lester says Timothy Michael DeClark was being processed Tuesday when he walked out of the jail about 6 p.m. with inmates who had posted bond and were being released.

DeClark was being held for probation violations, receiving stolen property, forgery and possession of a firearm following a prior conviction.

Lester says a criminal investigation into the escape is under way as well as an internal evaluation into how DeClark was able to walk out of the jail.

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