On Saturday, February 25, a Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol in the area of SR 20 and White Springs observed a motorcycle travelling westbound at 77 mph. The deputy activated emergency equipment and attempted a traffic stop.
The driver, later identified at Bernard Haire, refused to stop, quickly accelerating to speeds over 100 mph. The driver was weaving through traffic and passed several vehicles in the “no pass zone”. Haire also passed through Bristol at speeds of 100 mph.
The deputy drove ahead of the motorcycle in an attempt to slow it down. Haire turned around at the foot of the Trammel Bridge and accelerated eastbound in an attempt to evade. Haire continued to pass multiple vehicles in the no passing zones with speeds still reaching 100 mph+.
Haire’s passenger was aappearing to make Haire stop but he continued at a high rate of speed through Hosford. Upon reaching SR 267, he slowed in an attempt to turn onto SR 267 but the deputy cut him off forcing him out of that decision. He quickly attempted to continue Eastbound on SR 20 but was unscuccessful and laid the bike down. The deputy exited his vehicle and issued commands to lay down wiith their hands exposed. The driver was placed in hand restraints and o\placed in the backseat of the deputy’s vehicle. The female passenger was placed in hand restraints until backup arrived on scene.
A check through dispatch confirmed Bernard Haire to be active on Felony Probation and had an active Felony Warrant out of Leon County for Failure to Appear.
In summary, probable cause was found to charge Bernard Haire in violation of the following: Flee and Elude, DWLSR 3rd subsequent offense, Obstruction by sidguise, Obstruct without violence, Violation of Probation (Felony).