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Inmate accused of stealing UNC police car

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

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — 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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