Manhunt accused has case adjourned

JULY 12, 2017: A man accused of ramming a police vehicle, sparking a manhunt across Ballarat in June has appeared briefly in court.

Adam Troy Sandlant, 39, attended the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Wednesday for a mention hearing.

The case was adjourned to August 10 because he was not represented by a lawyer.

Sandlant told the court he did not want to proceed until he had a lawyer.

Sandlant was released on bail at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court last Friday.

Court documents obtained by The Courier show he faces 54 charges dating from June 24, 2016 to June 6, 2017.

The majority of charges relate to driving offences.

On June 6, 2017 it is alleged a police car was rammed and the vehicle involved was found burnt out in the Canadian Regional Park.

A police helicopter and dog squad was used in the search of the person responsible.

Police arrested Sandlant the following day.

Sandlant's sister supported him in court on Wednesday.

JULY 7, 2017: A 39-year-old man accused of ramming a police vehicle and sparking a manhunt across Ballarat in June has been granted bail.

Police did not oppose Adam Troy Sandlant's application at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Helen Farmer told the court police were going to oppose bail because Sandlant posed an unacceptable risk but he was not in a show cause situation.

It is alleged a police car was rammed in Ballarat on June 6 and the car involved was found burnt out in the Canadian Regional Park.

A police helicopter and dog squad were involved in the search of the accused, Sandlant.

He was arrested the following day and charged with recklessly engaging in conduct intentionally driving a vehicle into a moving police vehicle.

Sandlant's lawyer told the court her client was arrested on a number of warrants.

Senior Constable Farmer told the court police requested numerous bail conditions for Sandlant.

They include to live with his parents and sister in Portarlington, report at the Geelong Police Station four days a week, abide by a curfew, not drive a motor vehicle and not take drugs.

Sandlant is banned from the Ballarat Law Courts and the Creswick Post Office unless accompanied by either parent or his sister.

Magistrate Gregory Robinson granted Sandlant bail on those conditions.

Sandlant's parents and sister were present for the hearing.

He will return to the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on July 12.