Man with $149K in driving fines appears in court
A man who owes nearly $150,000 in driving fines made an appearance in Halifax provincial court and offered to go to jail to reduce the fines.
Chester Eisenor, of Beaver Bank, starting racking up the driving offences in the 1990s. He said he was in his 20s at the time and didn't understand how the system worked.
"All those years I did drive with no licence, I always stopped for the police. I never did high-speed chases. I pulled over, stopped," he told CBC News on Tuesday.
"I knew what I was doing."
Over the years, Eisenor has been convicted of driving without insurance, driving without registration and driving without a licence.
He owes $121,000 in fines and another $28,000 in court fees.
Eisenor said he has been making payments on those fines, to the tune of $200 this past year.
"Why would they not prohibit me from driving at $10,000 or $15,000 and say, 'OK, if you're caught driving now you're going to go to jail,'" he said.
In court on Tuesday, no one — including Judge Barbara Beach, the Crown attorney or the defence lawyer — knew what to do with Eisenor.
Beach chastised him for not taking responsibility.
Eisenor offered to do jail time to reduce the fines and Beach said the offer would be considered and suggested he keep chipping away at the fines.
The Beaver Bank man said he was no longer driving.
"Are you crazy? No, never again," he said.