By Lisa Joy - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A woman who allegedly assaulted an RCMP officer and then tried to run him over wasn’t granted bail at a hearing in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Feb. 6.
RCMP say Jolene Nicole Sinclair, 35, hit an officer from behind and then tried to run him over with an SUV while he was trying to arrest a man, Stephane Joseph Leclerc, 50.
Leclerc also had a bail hearing Feb. 6, but wasn’t released.
The two are facing numerous charges from a Jan. 18 incident after Loon Lake RCMP responded to a complaint from the Pierceland Detachment of a suspicious man driving a grey SUV in a farmyard.
Police located the vehicle on Highway 26 north of Loon Lake, but when they tried to stop the vehicle, it sped away. RCMP spotted the vehicle a short time later at a gas station in Makwa. Police pulled their vehicle behind the SUV and arrested Leclerc, who was driving.
But while the officer was taking the handcuffed man to the police truck, Sinclair allegedly hit the officer from behind and then went back to the SUV, armed herself with a machete, got into the driver’s seat and accelerated towards the officer who was still on the ground.
The officer was able to move himself to safety and police say Sinclair tried to turn the SUV around and again accelerated towards the officer before losing control of the vehicle, plowing into the side of the gas station and causing significant damage.
RCMP officers from the Prince Albert Crime Reduction Team, nearby detachments and EMS attended the scene to assist.
Police searched the SUV and seized a machete, three semi-automatic handguns with five loaded magazines, bags of ammunition, a revolver, a black ski mask, leather gloves, knives and bolt cutters.
Sinclair and Leclerc were arrested at the scene. The officer wasn’t injured in the incident.
Leclerc’s next court appearance in Meadow Lake Provincial Court is Feb. 20. Sinclair appears on Feb. 12.