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Inmate accused of stealing UNC police car

Posted November 16, 2010

— Chapel Hill police detained a prison inmate who they say stole a UNC-Chapel Hill police car and led authorities on a chase.

The chase ended about 20 miles from the campus on westbound Interstate 40 near Graham in Alamance County around 1:30 p.m. when the suspect, identified as Farley Linford Bernard, 46, crashed into a median wall, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

Bernard, an inmate at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, had been at UNC Hospitals for medical treatment when he escaped from two armed correctional officers, Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree said.

He was in the Orange County jail Tuesday afternoon.

Bernard is serving a 25-year prison sentence for first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods, according to the Department of Correction records.


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  • jag4star Nov 17, 2010

    Sherlock, get your facts together first AND use spell check !

  • Sherlock Nov 17, 2010

    Hey this happened on campus and a campus car, not in the city, so give us a break, besides we're busy hold the department together with "Duck Tape" do not have time to check ID's. This was strickly a campus cop and DOC action. They were just visting the city.

  • wildcat Nov 17, 2010

    Oh, the taste for a litte freedom. Now back behind the bars. The officials there need to keep a better watch on this man. Now regardless how sick he becomes, they should not allow him to leave prison but bring the doctor to him behind bars.

  • bear2010 Nov 17, 2010

    He was late for class and he didnt want anybody in jail to know his name is Farley

  • davidbh61255 Nov 17, 2010

    This guy must be SUPERMAN!! He did all that in handcuffs and leg-irons!! Truly AMAZING!!

  • makemyday Nov 17, 2010

    "Inmate accused of stealing UNC police car"

    Is there any doubt that he stole the car?

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 17, 2010

    Dangerous for the people on the UNC Campus and the Public!!

  • NC_GobblerHunter Nov 16, 2010

    Let's not condemn the the officers until the whole story is known. UNC hospital has their own set of rules for inmate patients. They require an inmate be restrained at all times unless, medically necessary to remove restraints. The fact that the officers were armed is DOC policy for transporting a close custody inmate. Policy also states you can use deadly force to stop a fleeing felon. But, that's a judgment call. You have to worry about the public safety. In a hospital setting you don't want to start firing at an inmate running down the halls. For some reason not yet known the inmate managed to slip away of the officers. And, ended up in a UNC campus police car. Probably unlocked with keys left in the switch. Engine running? I've seen it more than a few times. If the car was sitting there with the engine running you could jump in and drive off. Even with restraints on. DOC will investigate and need be policies updated/ changed to prevent this from happening in the future.........

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 16, 2010

    I understand there were two correctional officers with him and they are now under review. DUH! Do what you're paid to do with our money.

  • Lars Marson Nov 16, 2010

    This was one of our NCSU grads, this was diversion #1 before the big game on Saturday. Us state fans figure, if there are no police cars around on Saturday, then there is no one to save you guys from the beat down which is coming Chapel hill's way on Saturday at noon. GO PACK!