Suspect arrested in storage room of strip club released from custody

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A man who reportedly tried to escape from police by hiding in a downtown strip club Wednesday night has been released from jail.

When Blair Tobin appeared in provincial court in St. John's today, the judge agreed to release him on a recognizance with a $2,000 cash deposit.

He must adhere to several conditions, like abstain from drugs and alcohol, and is due back on court Nov. 19.

The 27-year-old faces charges of failing to stop for police, possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing Oxycontin.

 He's also been charged with several Highway Traffic Act violations, such as driving with a suspended licence, having a radar detector in his car, making a U-turn, driving on the sidewalk, having four bald tires and speeding.

In all, Tobin has more than $8,500 in unpaid traffic tickets.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, street patrol officers attempted to stop the 2005 Pontiac Vibe Tobin was allegedly driving on New Gower Street in downtown St. John’s around 11:25 p.m. for a traffic violation, but he wouldn’t stop.

Police caught up with the car at the intersection of Queen Street and New Gower Street.

But officers say Tobin got out of the car and ran into the Cotton Club strip bar on George Street. Officers found him in the storage room in the basement and arrested him.

Organizations: Cotton Club

Geographic location: St. John's, Gower Street, Queen Street George Street

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  • comments
    October 12, 2012 - 17:41

    Well it is not a nice feeling when a son or daughter is addicted to drugs its not the mother or father that cant do much but try to help and not being proud of him or her. I wish people would understand that make comments here their child that is that has problems do have a family and its just as hard for the family as it is the person so downgrading one person. every Mom and Dad has a worry for their son or daughter to know where they are and what they are into. Concerned Mom that has to deal with a drug problem person too

  • concerned
    October 11, 2012 - 12:58

    Geeze , how many charges you gotta have before they don`t release you? By the time he gets to answer these charges chances are he`ll have another bunch of fines to add to these. Should be kept behind bars til court

    • Donna
      October 11, 2012 - 15:59

      Can someone please tell me why the judge released this man? He already has over $8,00.00 in outstanding fines which he obviously has no intention of paying nor does he have any respect for the judicial system. When he does appear in court to face these new charges, what do you think will happen? He will get MORE fines that he won't pay! That's a real good punishment isn't it? If they had keep him in custody till trial at least he would have done some jail time, not be out driving again as you can bet he will be! I am so sick and tired of seeing articles like this where the criminal already owes thousands and thousands of dollars in fines. If fines aren't paid in the allotted time it should be straight to jail for them. I'm sure when they were sentenced it was X # of dollars or X # of days in jail, was it not? Let's get these low life off the street before someone gets hurt or even killed when one of these idiots are fleeing from police!

    • Concerned Too
      October 11, 2012 - 20:07

      I fully agree with Concerned. It seems that all you ever hear about are people being arrested and additional charges always include breaches. This obviously wouldn't happen if these people were kept in till their court dates. And get rid of that time and a half served. If you do the crime you should serve the time until your court date. And even then you have not served a single day until your sentencing STARTS. Obviously some exceptions should be allowed. Petty and small crimes. But in terms of anything to do with violence, drugs, or anything that could be considered a risk to people should be kept in jail. That's just my opinion. Which doesn't seem to matter because I'm an average person who has no say. Funny how the ones whose opinions should count are left out in the cold and forced to raise their children worrying every second about what could happen if your in the wrong place at the wrong time.