Chained fugitive captured by Volusia deputies after escaping in bounty hunter’s car

A Connecticut fugitive was arrested in Volusia County on Wednesday after a desperate attempt to avoid capture.

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According to the sheriff’s office, two bond officers found Dejon Torres, 31, at the Holiday Inn Express on Saxon Blvd. in Orangeville.

Torres was wanted for failing to appear in court on serious drug and weapons charges outside of Connecticut, including using a machine gun in a violent crime and operating a drug facility .

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With the help of the Orange City Police Department, Torres was handcuffed and shackled by the bail officers and placed in the back seat of their rental Chevrolet Tahoe. However, deputies say Torres managed to get into the front seat of the SUV and drive away, crushing the foot of an Orange City police officer as he fled.

Dejon Torres, 31, charged with grand theft, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving without a valid driver's license, in addition to charges he faced outside the Connecticut.

Dejon Torres, 31, charged with grand theft, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving without a valid driver’s license, in addition to charges he faced outside the Connecticut.

According to an incident report, Torres sped down Saxon Blvd., nearly hitting another driver head-on, before losing control of the Tahoe and crashing into a tree in front of a home in Deltona.

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Torres then attempted to flee on foot but was quickly found by a Volusia County deputy with a K-9.

Torres was arrested and charged with grand theft, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving without a valid driver’s license, in addition to charges he faced outside of the Connecticut. He remains in the Volusia County Jail without bond.

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The Orange City police officer whose foot was crushed was not seriously injured.

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