MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County authorities say a Summerville man involved in a shootout with deputies on I-95 on Thursday has been arrested several times this year.
BCSO officials say 34-year-old Daniel Brooks Ward has been arrested seven times in their jurisdiction.
According to newly released information by the sheriff's office, Ward was arrested on April 12 and 13 for violation of restraining order, and additionally charged on April 12 with failure to stop for blue light.
He was also charged with domestic violence on March 26 and Feb. 5.
This past Monday he was arrested again for violations of restraining order.
Last year Ward faced multiple charges on April 6 that included disorderly conduct, arson and domestic violence. Investigators say those charges involved Ward in possession of a gun and setting fire to a home on Larkford Street.
He was also arrested for domestic violence in September.
Ward is currently being treated at Palmetto-Richland Hospital in Columbia. Authorities say a deputy is guarding him 24/7.
BCSO officials said Friday afternoon they are not sure when he will be released from the hospital, but say an initial timeline suggested that he would be out before the weekend.
Ward was hospitalized following a shootout with deputies on Thursday that ended along I-95 in Orangeburg County.
In Thursday's incident Ward faces charges including four counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, failure to stop for a blue light, violating an order of protection and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
"I'll tell you that we have had several encounters with Mr. Ward, and he does have a lengthy criminal history," Lewis said. "He has been charged with kidnapping before and we're trying to determine what the outcome of that situation was."
Lewis said the situation began when Ward's wife was sitting in a car on the phone with a prosecutor talking about Ward's failure to show up for a bond revocation hearing Thursday morning. At some point while she was on the phone, the sheriff says Ward, who may have been hiding in the trunk, got inside her car, pulled a gun, got into the driver's seat and drove off with her inside. Lewis said the solicitor called 911.
The car Ward's wife was in, he said, was spotted in the Lebanon area of Berkeley County, leading authorities to pursue the vehicle.
"Upon following the vehicle and waiting for backup units, deputies attempted a traffic stop," BCSO officials said."The suspect, who is known to the deputies as having made threats to harm deputies in the past, chose to flee rather than stop. Knowing that the victim was in the vehicle and was in harm's way, deputies continued to attempt to stop the vehicle."
The chase spanned three counties, from Berkeley, into Orangeburg and then into Clarendon Counties before returning to Orangeburg County where the chase ended in a crash near Exit 98 on I-95.
At some point during the pursuit, Lewis said Ward told his wife he was going to kill himself or commit "suicide by cop."
Authorities say when Ward's vehicle stopped, Ward shot at the responding deputies.
"Three deputies from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and one deputy from the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office returned fire," BCSO officials said.
Lewis said Ward opened fire at deputies who then returned fire, hitting him. It is not clear how many shots were fired or how many times Ward was hit.
"Keep in mind the main focus was to try to rescue the kidnap victim, get her out of that situation, and that's what they were trying to do," Lewis said. "And he started shooting at them."