U-Haul driver in pursuit, shooting near McClellanville gets $150,000 bail

This booking photo shows Ricky Anthony Jennings after his arrest in October 2007 in Richmond Hill, Ga., where authorities said he cashed fake checks, had phony driver's licenses and assaulted two police officers. He left prison in April for those offenses, and two months later, a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy shot the 52-year-old during a struggle after he led the law officer on a short pursuit in a U-Haul truck. (PROVIDED/BRYAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

During a bedside hearing Wednesday, a magistrate set bail at $150,000 for the felon shot twice during a struggle with a Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputy near McClellanville.

Ricky Anthony Jennings, 52, whose last address was in Texas, faces charges of reckless driving, first-degree assault and failure to stop for blue lights.

Jennings is recovering from the bullet wounds he suffered in the June 2 incident. Magistrate Linda Lombard presided over his bond hearing at Medical University Hospital.

Jennings had been out of prison on federal fraud convictions for only two months when Deputy Kim Poirer saw his U-Haul truck traveling erratically on U.S. Highway 17.

He got out when the truck stopped in Georgetown County. Jennings and the deputy fought, according to sheriff’s accounts, and Poirer hit him with a Taser. When he reached into his pockets, she shot him in the back and an arm.

An initial state probe deemed Poirer’s shooting justified.

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