A North Charleston woman has pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with her attempt to run over a police officer at a West Ashley gas station last year.
Jacqueline Don-yel Stewart, 27, who was shot and injured during the incident, pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault with intent to kill, assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and two counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud, the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office said.
Circuit Judge Thomas Hughston sentenced her to 10 years suspended to five years in prison with five years probation, plus three years on the drug offenses to be served concurrently, the Solicitor's Office said.
In August, an officer spotted Stewart leaving the T.J. Maxx department store on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. She had outstanding warrants.
When Stewart asked the officer why he was following her, the officer said he was waiting for other officers to arrive. At that point, Stewart drove off in a sport-utility vehicle, slammed into several cars and eventually was cornered in a gas station parking lot near Sam Rittenberg and Ashley River Road.
Charleston Police Cpl. Jeffrey Soniak, a 14-year veteran, shot her when she tried to run over him. He had blocked the intersection and told her repeatedly to stop.
Soniak was put on paid administrative leave as the State Law Enforcement Division investigated the shooting, but he since has returned to the force, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said Thursday.