U-Haul driver shot by deputy issued $150,000 bond in hospital

U-Haul driver shot by deputy issued $150,000 bond in hospital

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The U-Haul driver who was shot by a Charleston County sheriff's deputy after allegedly leading her on a chase from the McClellanville area into Georgetown County has been issued a $150,000 bond.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's Major Jim Brady, Rickey Anthony Jennings was granted the bond for charges of reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest, and first-degree assault and battery during a hearing held at Medical University of South Carolina.

Upon his release from the hospital, Jennings will be taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

Earlier this week, the sheriff's office confirmed SLED ruled the deputy who shot Jennings, Kim Porier, on June 2 had done nothing wrong .  She was back at work on Monday.

Last week, officials released the 911 audio from the shooting.

In the recordings, emergency dispatch callers can be heard advising authorities of a U-Haul truck driving erratically along Highway 17 in McClellanville after a concerned citizen reported the vehicle was driving recklessly.

Following a car pursuit, the responding deputy can be heard in the audio tapes reporting that the suspect has been shot twice, and calls for EMS crews.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office said it all started when the deputy located the U-Haul truck in the area of South Santee and attempted to stop the truck as it was still driving erratically.

According to authorities, the U-Haul failed to stop for the deputy and continued three miles into Georgetown County, making a right turn onto Pole Yard Way at the boat landing.

Authorities say the driver of the U-Haul got out of the truck and failed to follow the deputy's commands. Officials say the deputy used a taser on the suspect, but a struggle continued. Investigators say the suspect tried to grab the deputy's gun, but was unsuccessful and ran away on foot.

Authorities say while the deputy chased the suspect, he reached into his pockets and that's when the deputy fired two shots, hitting the suspect in the torso and arm.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident.

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