Florida murder suspect taken into custody after chase into Rutherford Co.

Matthew Flores
Matthew Flores(Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 10:53 PM EST
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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office announced that a suspect wanted for murder in Florida was taken into custody in the Ellenboro area earlier tonight.

Deputies said law enforcement in Florida recently contacted the US Marshals Carolina Regional Task Force asking them for help finding 35-year-old Matthew Scott Flores, a man wanted for murder in Florida.

According to deputies, North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers spotted Flores around 5:17 p.m. on Wednesday in McDowell County and tried to get him to stop. However, he refused and led them into Rutherford County, where deputies from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase.

Deputies stated that the chase continued through multiple counties until Flores crashed in the Ellenboro area and tried to escape on foot before deputies caught him.

Following the chase, Flores was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and examined before being booked into the Rutherford County Detention Center.

The Sheriff’s Office said Flores was charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest along with numerous traffic offenses.

This is ongoing investigation in North Carolina and Florida.