POLICE: Eastern Carolina Inmate Steals UNC Police Car

Authorities say an inmate from an Eastern Carolina prison stole a police car and led authorities on a chase into two counties today.

The inmate, Farley Bernard, was being kept at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City. Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree tells WITN News that Bernard was taken to UNC Hospitals for a medical appointment and managed to get away. A UNC police officer confronted the escapee outside and tasered Bernard.

Acree says somehow the inmate managed to get the officers police car and a chase began. It ended up on I-40 West and the police car eventually crashed in Alamance County.

Records show the 46-year-old was convicted in 2007 kidnapping, speeding to elude arrest and other charges. Acree said those charges stemmed from a 2006 carjacking in Wake County.

State troopers say Bernard was being taken to the Orange County jail.

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  • by CHINA DOLL Location: NC on Nov 17, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    I agree with take a look, no one knows the danger of a Correctional Officer's or any one in DOC that transport an inmate to any outside appointment. I really don't understand why some people critize staff of DOC in these situations. We will keep doing our Job to the best of our ability, by protecting the public, hostages, staff.... Take along walk in our shoes, now tell me what would you have done.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 17, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    OSOC, another problem with UNC-Cheater Hill is they are so liberal that they actually do 2 off the wall things that has this ECU alum and NC taxpayer appaled. #1 They have had people in and out that want the state to ban hunting and fishing. #2 They at one time (don't know if they still do or not) required every one of their students to read the Koran, the Muslim book and do a report on it. This was a requirement to graduate. Also UNC-Cheater Hill tried to keep ECU from getting the dental and medical schools. I have never understood with all the crap they do why anyone east of I-95 would pull for them. I reckon Michael Jordan must have something to do with that. About 90% of them are uneducated bandwagoners who buy a hat or shirt and then say they are tar heel fans (same with Duke). That's another reason why I would NEVER send my soon to be kid to UNC-Cheater Hill. I would'nt send them to N.C. State either. If I pay for him/her to go to an ACC school, most likely it will be UVA or Tech
  • by to OSOC on Nov 16, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    You are a blogger TROLL.
  • by Dave on Nov 16, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    Bigfruitcake, I agree with you, This guy is just full of it, and will take ANY story, and spin it into an Obama hate campaign. Just shows his lack of intellect. Last week he said that 90% of the people watched fox news. I guess 10% wised up!
  • by take a look Location: nc on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    This may sound like a funny story, but it is real, some of these inmates are looking to take advantage of situations outside of their dwellings just to see what they can get away with, not even realizing the danger that they are putting themselves in for being shot, much less the community, the people in the hospital who he could have taken hostage or some child that could have been his guard....c/o's jobs are dangerous, especially the ones who do this everyday, and carry weapons, just to keep the public safe. to all the c/o's out there who do this stay on guard, just a good thing no one was hurt, much less killed, kidnapped, to the people of this state, if you have never done this job, you have no idea what danger lies beneath this job...just keep praying for the c/o's of north carolina, they have a tough job.
  • by Jack Location: Raleigh on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    I doubt the correctional officers did anything wrong in the escape. 99 percent of the time when you transport an inmate to the hospital you cannot use deadly force to stop the inmate from escaping due to the usually large amount of people being in and around the hospital. There are also many times that hospital staff will want the restraints taken off the inmate in order for the medical procedure to be done. I have transported inmates on hospital trips and they are very stressful because there are times when the inmate can create a problem if he wants to. These officers were trained in shoot - no shoot situations and I'm sure this was a no shoot situation.
  • by exco Location: wilson on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    the ? is where was the officers that took the inmate to unc and if he was at Pasquotank he should have been in brown clothes so there should have been two gaurds with him and in leg irons and cuffslooks like DOC dropped the BALL!!
  • by anonymous Location: eastern carolina on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    I hear that they are always going to UNC or Duke for medical treatment. I can't even afford UNC or Duke medical treatment. And I have BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD COVERAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 16, 2010 at 03:53 PM
    Bigfruitcake, UNC is very liberal and very progressive, nothing against Tarheels post, he knows what I mean. So, you are saying the network that is watched by over 80% of all people in this country I should go back to? Never left...answer a question; Are you a brick or a stone...well, we all know you are a fruitcake, however do you know the difference?
  • by to Don and Officer on Nov 16, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    Don, gotta agree with you. Came from a bad family (not an excuse but a bad start) did my time, came out went to school and am fine now. Oh, and there are some OFFICERS who have need to be locked up aren't there officer? In my time, I have seen a lot of LAW ENFORCEMENT get away with a lot. Am I right. Officer?
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