RNC says man owes $31,250 in outstanding fines

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to 167 calls for service in a 24-hour period from early Monday morning to early this morning.

Among them:

• A 48-year-old man was charged for driving while disqualified on Blackmarsh Road in the area of Columbus Drive.

Police say a records check showed that he had $31,250 in outstanding fines. He was charged and released to appear in court at a later date.

• A 16-year-old female was charged with assault, uttering threats and breach of a court order. She was taken to provincial court and later released.

• Around 7:50 p.m. Monday, police were called to a disturbance in the Kilbride area.

Patrol officers located a 20-year-old man at the location who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and has been held in custody until a court appearance.

• At 12:19 a.m. today, police received a complaint from a concerned citizen about a possible impaired driver operating in the east end of St John’s.

A short time later the suspect vehicle was stopped in the downtown area. A 35-year-old man was charged with impaired driving, failing the breathalyzer, and driving while prohibited. He was held in custody for court in the morning and his vehicle was impounded.

Geographic location: Blackmarsh Road

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  • Jay
    April 10, 2013 - 06:21

    This is easy to resolve. After a certain threshold no more fines. Put him in jail. Take the car, regardless of who owns it. Do not write off his previous fines. Next time they catch him, put him in jail again, take the car. Do not write off the fines. Soon enough, he won't be able to borrow a car from his friends if they know they're going to lose it. He won't be able to register a car, and he won't be able to borrow a car. He'll be off the road.

  • david
    April 09, 2013 - 13:15

    Ah, Newfoundland! How's that budget balancing going? Fire enough people yet, or should we need to just catch a few more idiots?

  • picky
    April 09, 2013 - 12:07

    Can someone tell me how he racked up # 31,000 in fines ??? some lot of parking tickets !!!

  • Lilly
    April 09, 2013 - 11:07

    Something has to change. Impound the car, take any form of government payout they may receive (GST, Welfare, Baby Bonus, etc.) Garnish their wages like they do with unpaid child support, make them work it off through community service, lord knows theres enough grafitti that needs to be cleaned around the city. I know there are no laws or legistlation that says the government can do the above suggestions however they have to power to change that. They are complaining they don't have enough money and there are all these cutback.. I wonder how much could be paid off if they started collecting on these outstanding fines??

  • abby
    April 09, 2013 - 10:35

    Please tell me,how can these people go so long owing money to govt.for these infractions, and still get away with it for so long.My advice, keep the vehicle, sell it to pay off their debt, if they can get enough for it,then make them repay remainder or jail time.

  • sc
    April 09, 2013 - 10:15

    I wonder why no one seems able or willing to investigate the total amount of outstanding fines owed in this province. I suspect that if they were all collected they'd put a huge dent in the alleged provincial deficit. At the very least, had these fines been collected, or if there was any will on the part of governement to recoup this money, several people who are now unemployed would not have lost their jobs during these latest cuts. Unfortunately, I guess collecting this money from these characters is just too much work and effort. The courts certainly seem to think its better to just let these people keep racking up the fines without any fear of having to pay them. Just out of curiosity, what happens if someone is involved in an accident with someone who has no insurance or licence? Who pays damages etc? Perhaps if the province was made liable there would be a bit more effort made in getting and keeping these people off the roads. As does another reader, I feel sorry for the police who track these people down just so the courts can release them.

    • David Wilson
      April 09, 2013 - 10:52

      SC, it wouldnt matter if the outstanding fines totaled $1M, you can't squeeze blood from a turnip. There is no incentive to put these clowns in jail, it costs to much to have them locked up.

  • saelcove
    April 09, 2013 - 09:50

    Wow, and he gets to go home am i missing something

  • Robert
    April 09, 2013 - 08:34

    Charged and released! So nothing was accomplished except he now owes $31,250 + the new fine! There is something very seriously wrong here; how long before this guy kills somebody? I'd say it is a good thing that our legal system lost people because they obviously have NOT been doing their job! Glad I am not a police officier!!!!!

    • Observer
      April 09, 2013 - 10:42

      And he kept the vehicle? Sheesh! Impound the vehicle and sell it to collect at least some payment on the fines that this reprobate so recklessly ran up. Laws need to be beefed up. These jerks need to know that if they run up outstanding fines, the consequences will be the forfeiture of the vehicle itself. The value of the car towards payment of the fines. Seems fair to me! Why are people getting away with this? Answer: they do it because they can! These stories seem to appear in the paper every week.

    • Kyle
      April 09, 2013 - 13:30

      "How long before this guy kills somebody" Wow, that escalated quick? So just because he owes money he will be a cold blooded murderer? Debt, the new gateway drug.