A northern Saskatchewan woman who pleaded guilty to trying to run over an RCMP officer was handed a 17-month conditional sentence.
Jolene Nicole Sinclair, 35, was sentenced in Loon Lake Circuit Court Aug. 6 on four charges in connection to an incident earlier this year where she tried running over an RCMP officer before crashing an SUV into the side of a garage in Makwa. She pleaded guilty in June.
A conditional jail sentence means Sinclair will serve her time in the community instead of in custody. The court grants a conditional sentence when it’s satisfied that serving the sentence in the community doesn’t pose a danger to the public.
Sinclair and her co-accused Stephane Joseph Lecler, 50, were arrested on Jan. 18, 2020, after Loon Lake RCMP received a complaint from Pierceland RCMP about a suspicious man driving a grey SUV in a farmyard. The vehicle was later located on Hwy 26 north of Loon Lake but when police tried to stop the SUV, Leclerc sped away.
Not long after, the police saw the vehicle at a gas station in Makwa and arrested Leclerc. When they were arresting Leclerc and taking him to a police truck, Sinclair, who was a passenger, hit the officer from behind, causing him to fall to the ground. She then grabbed a machete, got into the driver’s seat and tried to drive over the officer who was still on the ground. The officer was able to move himself to safety and wasn’t injured. Sinclair then turned the SUV around, sped towards the RCMP officer again but this time she lost control and rammed the SUV into the side of a nearby gas station.
Sinclair was also arrested and when police searched the vehicle they discovered three semi-automatic handguns and five loaded magazines, bags of ammunition, a revolver, a machete, a black ski mask, leather gloves, knives and bolt cutters.
Leclerc was held in custody since his arrest and pleaded guilty in April to seven weapons-related offences. He was sentenced to 251 days in prison.
Sinclair was released on bail in February.
If she breaks any of her court ordered conditions during her 17-month conditional sentence, the court may order her to serve the rest of her time in jail.
Sinclair was also given a two-year driving prohibition and a 10-year ban on owning weapons. In addition, she was ordered to provide her DNA to the national DNA databank.