$50k bond set for man accused of fleeing Ladson traffic stop

Deputies assisting troopers in Ladson manhunt
Matthew Scott Collins (Source: BCDC)
Matthew Scott Collins (Source: BCDC)

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond at $50,000 Friday for the man accused of using a woman's car without her consent last fall.  He is also the man who troopers say fled from a traffic stop in Ladson while wearing handcuffs earlier this week.

Matthew Scott Collins, 31, was served warrants Thursday night in connection with the incident which happened in Nov. 2012.

According to a police report, Collins used a friend's 2006 Saturn Vue early last November without her consent.  The woman also told police Collins stole a laptop, a cell phone, and some debit and credit cards from her home on North Castle Lane in West Ashley.

During the bond hearing on Friday, the woman also said Collins tried to use her credit card to purchase a Greyhound bus ticket.

The woman told police she had met Collins online and they dated for a while, but she broke up with him when she found out he had a criminal past.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol arrested Collins at 9 p.m. Wednesday after troopers received a tip from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office that he was at his home in Ladson.

He is being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center

Troopers charged Collins with giving false information to the police as well as a seatbelt violation.

Earlier in the day, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office assisted the South Carolina Highway Patrol track down Collins who authorities say ran away from them on foot.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office said deputies and their helicopter patrolled Highway 78 in search of Collins.

The search was focused around near the Highway 78 intersection with College Park and Ladson roads. K9 units were searching through the woods off College Park Road.

Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said the incident started on Interstate 26 at College Park Road, when they performed a traffic stop.

Collins was then placed in front of a patrol car. Troopers say when they went to question the passenger of the vehicle, Collins ran off.

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