By Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A woman charged with assaulting an RCMP officer and numerous weapons offences has been released from custody.
Jolene Nicole Sinclair, 35, was granted bail Feb.12 in Meadow Lake Provincial Court.
Sinclair was arrested in January after she allegedly hit an RCMP officer from behind and then tried to run him over with an SUV while the officer was arresting a man, Stephane Joseph Leclerc, 50.
Sinclair also had a bail hearing on Feb. 6 but wasn’t released.
The two face 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 Hwy 26 north of Loon Lake but the driver sped away when they tried to stop the vehicle. A short time later police found the SUV at a gas station in Makwa and they arrested Leclerc, who was driving.
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 to safety. Sinclair tried turning the SUV around and accelerated again towards him before she lost control of the vehicle and plowed into the side of a gas station. The officer wasn’t injured in the incident.
When police searched the SUV they found three semi-automatic handguns with five loaded magazines, bags of ammunition, a revolver, a machete, a black ski mask, leather gloves, knives and bolt cutters.
Leclerc remains in custody and appears in Meadow Lake provincial court on Feb. 20. Sinclair appears in Loon Lake circuit court on March 26 for election and plea.