Nfld. & Labrador

Car impounded, driver arrested with $55,000 in fines

A man who owes more than $55,000 in traffic fines is in custody after being pulled over in St. John's.

RNC charge 44-year-old man with breaching court orders

A driver is facing a criminal charge after being pulled over with more than $55,000 in outstanding traffic fines, say police. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

A man who owes more than $55,000 in traffic fines is in custody after being pulled over in St. John's.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says a patrol officer saw a car with no licence plate on a busy road in the west end of the city around 11 a.m. Sunday. When the constable tried to stop the vehicle, the driver made a hard turn across two lanes of traffic into a parking lot, where the officer stopped him.

In addition to the $55,000 in outstanding traffic fines owed by the man, who was not identified by police, he is now also facing a criminal charge of breaching court orders. Police have also charged him under the Highway Traffic Act with driving without insurance, a licence plate, registration or a valid driver's licence.

The 44-year-old driver also was charged with failing to transfer ownership, failing to signal, and turning when unsafe. The vehicle was impounded and the driver was held in custody for a court appearance.

now