LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — The man who Highway Patrol officers say ran handcuffed from a traffic stop on Interstate 26 was captured at his Ladson home Wednesday evening.
Highway Patrol officials said Matthew Collins was caught after a tipster called the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and told them where to find the wanted man. He has been charged with giving false information and a seatbelt violation.
A patrolman with the South Carolina Highway Patrol tried to stop Collins on I-26 just before the rest area near College Park Road for a double seatbelt violation.
During the stop, the trooper put Collins in handcuffs but the suspect took off into the woods. The Charleston and Berkeley county sheriff's offices assisted in the search.
The other person in the car was ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt.
The City of Charleston has an active warrant for Collins' arrest.
Charleston police said that Collins would be served with a warrant Thursday for using a vehicle without the owner's consent. According to a Nov. 6 police report, a Charleston woman told police someone had stolen her car and several personal items, implicating Collins who was staying at her home.
She told officers that when she woke up the morning of Nov. 6, Collins, her car and her valuables were gone, including a laptop and a Visa debit card. The report states she let the man stay in her home for about a month.
She learned from her bank that her card had been used to charge $91 at an Exxon and to purchase a Greyhound bus ticket to Dallas, Texas.
On Friday, Collins went through bond court where his bond was set at $50,000.