The driver, later identified as Matthews, fled on foot into adjacent woods. The Rayburn Correctional Center canine team responded and assisted deputies in their search for Matthews. They were unable to locate him, although they did track him to another road where it is assumed someone picked him up.
Inside the car Matthews had been driving, deputies discovered various narcotic pills in an unlabeled bottle. The car’s owner was identified and he later stated that he had loaned the car to Matthews earlier in the day. A warrant was obtained for Matthews' arrest.
Matthews remained a fugitive until yesterday (May 16, 2019) when he was spotted, arrested without incident and charged with possession of illegal narcotics, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by flight on foot, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding and running a stop sign. Bond was set at $10,000.
Matthews has been jailed at least four previous times since 2006 on charges that include drug offenses, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and failure to appear in court.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Criminals can’t run forever. Sooner or later, we will find them. I’m so glad no one was injured during Matthews’ reckless driving episode and that he was eventually apprehended. Deputy Manning and Sgt. Cupp did an excellent job and all of us at WPSO are so grateful for the wonderful assistance we always receive from the staff at Rayburn Correctional Center.”