Traffic Services, Steinbach and St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP respond to dangerous driver

July 18, 2018
Steinbach, Manitoba

News release


Machete in suspect vehicle
Knife seized from suspect vehicle
Drugs seized from suspect vehicle

On July 15, 2018, at approximately 12:30 am, an officer in a RCMP Traffic Services cruiser activated the vehicle's lights and sirens to stop an SUV that was being driven erratically and dangerously on Highway 12 near Loewen Boulevard. Upon seeing the police vehicle, the driver of the SUV changed direction and drove into the wrong lane of traffic, forcing oncoming vehicles off the road.

A check of the vehicle by the officer confirmed that the SUV was stolen and possibly being driven by an armed and violent suspect wanted on several warrants. The SUV continued to drive in a very dangerous manner.

Several additional police vehicles from Steinbach and St-Pierre-Jolys responded to the area. As the vehicle was travelling westbound on Highway 52 near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard, a spike belt was successfully deployed. The suspect continued to travel on flat tires for 2 km before turning into a field. It was at this time that the SUV was stopped by police vehicles.

The suspect, who had armed himself with a machete, and a female passenger, refused to listen to police commands and had to be extracted by officers. A curved knife and methamphetamine were also located within the vehicle.

Three officers and the suspect sustained minor injuries during this incident. Two police vehicles were also damaged.

"This was a high-risk arrest with an armed and combative suspect who refused to comply with police", said Superintendent Joanne Keeping, East District Commander for the Manitoba RCMP. "Our officers quickly recognized the danger and acted immediately to take him into custody to protect public safety."

Ashley Sandison, a 38-year-old male from the RM of Reynolds and the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with 14 offences in relation to this incident, including:

  • Assault on police officer with weapon causing bodily harm x2
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving while disqualified
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x2
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Possession of break-in instruments
  • Possession of methamphetamine

Sandison is also facing 14 charges from previous incidents.

Sandison has been remanded into custody and appeared in Winnipeg Provincial Court on July 17, 2018.

The passenger, Amber Mann, a 20-year-old female from Beausejour, has been charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Failing to comply with recognizance

Mann also has 4 pending charges from previous incidents.

Mann has been remanded into custody and appeared in Winnipeg Provincial Court on July 16, 2018.


Contact information

Robert Cyrenne
RCMP Media Relations
Twitter @rcmpmb | @GRCManitoba |

File number: 20181018957

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