Woman shot by police gets $125,000 bond

By Anthony Miller  bio | email
By Ian Silver  bio | email

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The woman shot by a Charleston police officer after trying to flee from the cops continues to be held at the Charleston County Jail on $125,000 bond.

Jacqueline Stewart appeared in Charleston County bond court Monday on two charges stemming from the incident with police on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard on August 12. The judge gave her $100,000 bond on the charge of assault with intent to kill, and $25,000 bond on the charge of resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

However, officials at the jail say that even if Stewart posted bond probation and parole for multiple agencies have put a hold on her so she would not be released.

Stewart was rushed to MUSC for the gun shot wound to the arm August 12. The following day she faced a bond court judge in her hospital room. Her bond was set for drug fraud charges made by DHEC.

WCSC has learned that Stewart has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 2000, and the charges against her include shoplifting, credit card and check fraud, and larceny. She's been arrested multiple times by Charleston County and Dorchester County Sheriff's offices, Charleston, North Charleston, and Summerville Police, and MUSC police.

A Charleston police officer saw Stewart leaving the TJ Maxx store in West Ashley. The officer recognized her because she had multiple arrest warrants by several departments, including two from DHEC, one of which was for obtaining a controlled substace -- hydrocodone -- by fraud.

"He spotted this female that he realized was wanted by multiple agencies," said Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

The officer followed the woman down Sam Rittenberg toward Highway 526. "He was driving an unmarked police car he had his badge," said Francis. "When he followed her, she stopped and said, 'why are you following me?'"

Police say that's when the officer identified himself, told Stewart another officer was on the way and that they wanted to talk to her. Stewart verbally agreed, then drove off.

According to police, she turned her car around on Sam Rittenberg heading towards Highway 61 in the direction of traffic sitting at a stop light. "While she's making her way through traffic she's running into vehicles, hitting other vehicles," said Francis.

That's when police say she encountered Corporal Jeffrey Soniak at the intersection, and kept going. "He [Soniak] kept saying, 'Stop' and she wouldn't and he tried to get out of the way and she still came after him," said Francis.

That's when police say Soniak opened fire and shot Stewart.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, which is customary when an officer has to use his or her weapon. Charleston Police say Soniak has been placed on administrative leave with pay while SLED investigates.

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