Man who fled from traffic stop caught at Ladson home

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.