Student wins fight against $245 metro ticket

A Concordia University Master's student has won his fight against a pricey ticket, after police accused him of holding open the metro car doors.

Scott MacLeod says CBC interview helped him track down a witness to defend his case

A Concordia Master's student says drivers often don't leave enough time for commuters before they close the metro car doors.

A Concordia University Master's student has won his fight against a pricey ticket, after police accused him of forcing open the metro car doors. 

Scott MacLeod says he received his acquittal on Friday, and it's partly in thanks to an interview with CBC's Daybreak.

Daybreak host Mike Finnerty spoke with MacLeod in March, after he was hit with the ticket.

CBC listener Donna Wilson, who had seen what happened to MacLeod, heard the story aired on Daybreak and contacted him

"She was on the car in front of me sitting down and witnessed the whole thing," MacLeod said. 

According to MacLeod, he never held the doors open. He says he was lining up as usual at the Guy-Concordia metro station, when the doors closed on him and another passenger. 

"I really believe there was not adequate time for myself and the other fellow to get on the train," he said. 

MacLeod was determined to fight the ticket which, with taxes, would have cost him $245 plus court fees. 

He says that without Wilson's testimony, he doesn't think he would have won. 

She took off half a day of work to help MacLeod defend his case and to describe how the doors closed on MacLeod before he could react. 

MacLeod said he was lucky he was able to fight the ticket, but most people simply don't have the time. 

"I understand they're trying to do their job, but I do want to say I find they're a bit overzealous in giving tickets."