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Peter Roche faces arrest warrant after court no-show

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of faking dozens of school bus inspections after he failed to show up for a court appearance Thursday morning.

Garage owner charged with obstruction, forgery over allegedly fraudulent school bus inspections

Peter Roche is pictured in St. John's provincial court in this file photo from April 26, 2017. A warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday, after he failed to show up for a scheduled court appearance. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of faking dozens of school bus inspections.

Peter Roche had been scheduled to appear at provincial court in St. John's Thursday morning, but he didn't show up.

Roche is charged with obstruction of justice and 44 counts of forgery.

His company is also implicated. Roche's Automotive Services is located on Brookfield Road in St. John's.

The garage and Roche personally are each facing 44 charges under the province's Highway Traffic Act for issuing inspection certificates without doing a proper inspection.

Roche's Automotive Services Inc. is located on Brookfield Road in St. John's. The company is facing 44 charges under the province's Highway Traffic Act. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

Roche has also been the subject of repeated complaints by customers who alleged he kept their cars for months and did not reply to messages.