- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 22-year-old Hartford man who was arrested after a Wednesday night car chase escaped while being escorted into court Thursday, only to be caught a short time later wearing nothing but gray boxer shorts and hospital socks.

Kevin Feliciano somehow managed to slip out of his handcuffs and get away from state police and judicial marshals shortly before 8 a.m., police said.

He ditched his orange jumpsuit near the Lafayette Street courthouse Thursday morning, but was found less than an hour later hiding under the porch of a nearby house.

“As we were awaiting the arrival of a bloodhound, one of our deputy chiefs of 30 years looked under the porch, found the suspect, went under there, cuffed him and brought him out,” said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

Feliciano had been headed to court to be arraigned on several charges related to the theft of a car in Greenwich on Wednesday.

Police said they used a GPS signal from a cell phone that had been left in the car to track it to the Hartford area.

They pulled the car over late Wednesday night on an Interstate-84 exit ramp. But the driver, later identified as Feliciano, put the vehicle into reverse, rammed a state police cruiser and sideswiped another. Troopers fired shots at the car, which crashed into a wall a short distance away.

Nobody was hit by the gunfire, but two troopers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries suffered when their cruisers were struck.

Troopers were in the process of transferring Feliciano into the custody of state judicial marshals at the courthouse when he escaped, said Trooper Kelly Grant.

“He was able to get his hands out of the handcuffs and he fled the scene,” she said.

Several streets in Hartford were closed during the search, which included at least 20 police officers, police dogs and a helicopter.

“Because of Hillary Clinton coming into the state today, we did have a lot of extra troopers in uniform and in plain clothes,” Grant said. “So there were several plain clothes troopers that were in the area trying to blend in with the community looking for Feliciano.”

Feliciano, who police say had recently been released from prison, is due back in court later Thursday to face numerous charges. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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