GREENWICH, Conn. – A suspect in the theft of a car from Greenwich turned the vehicle into a battering ram as he tried to avoid arrest Wednesday night in Hartford, State Police said.
The car owner's cellphone was still in the vehicle when the suspect drove off with it, State Police said. Greenwich Time reported that the car was stolen from a pizza deliveryman working on Railroad Avenue.
Police “pinged” the cellphone to get a general location of the stolen 2003 Honda and found that it was being driven on I-84 in West Hartford, State Police said.
Greenwich police notified state police in the area, who spotted the car and tried to pull the driver over on westbound I-84 near Exit 47.
Police said the driver, Hartford resident Kevin Feliciano, stopped briefly as he took the exit, but then put the car in reverse and slammed into one of the police cars, knocking over a state trooper, police said.
He then sideswiped a second cruiser as he sped away, police said.
One of the state troopers fired at the departing car, which crashed seconds later into an embankment and fence at the intersection of Sigourney and Park streets, police said.
The suspect was not hit by the bullet or injured in the crash, police said.
Two troopers were briefly hospitalized for minor injuries and released, police said.
Feliciano, 22, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree criminal mischief, motor vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless driving, police said. He was held on $250,000 bond.
But at about 8 a.m. Thursday, Feliciano slipped out of his cuffs and escaped while troopers were transferring him into the custody of state judicial marshals at the courthouse, Greenwich Time said.
He was found less than an hour later — in just his underwear — under the porch of a nearby house by a Hartford deputy police chief, Greenwich Time said.
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