UPDATE: Suspended driver owes $160K in tobacco-related fines

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A St. John’s man with over $160,000 in outstanding fines for tobacco-related convictions was allegedly caught driving with a suspended licence Saturday night.

RNC news 12

Bradley Theodore O’Toole, 30, appeared in court Sunday morning. Judge Pamela Goulding agreed to release O’Toole, who is now scheduled to appear in traffic court June 5 to deal with a summary offence for driving with a suspended licence.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s overnight report, a vehicle was pulled over Saturday night on Dillon Crescent in Shea Heights. The vehicle was impounded following O’Toole’s arrest.

In that same overnight report, the RNC noted O’Toole has outstanding fines exceeding $160,000. Based on earlier media reports, most of that total would relate to a 2008 conviction for possession of unstamped tobacco products and possession of contraband tobacco.


He was fined $14,000 for the first charge and $173,597 for the second one for a total amount of $187,597. The fine for possession of contraband tobacco was originally due to be paid within three years of his conviction.

On June 12, 2006, police seized 600 191-gram bags of fine-cut tobacco from an apartment in Kilbride. Police also seized almost 1,400 cigarettes.


(Earlier story)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary caught up with a motorist Saturday night whose outstanding fines have been piling up.

According to the RNC’s overnight report, a vehicle was stopped near Dillon Crescent in the Shea Heights area of St. John’s. A 30-year-old man was charged with driving while suspended.

The driver’s outstanding fines exceed $160,000. He was held in custody overnight and is scheduled to appear in court Sunday morning. His vehicle was impounded.

Geographic location: Shea Heights

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  • Frank Lo
    April 27, 2014 - 22:57

    I think it's hilarious..Its not like he hurt anyone. He's just competing with the government, which is a definite no no. .Only in Newfoundland...love it. And I love Newfoundland.

  • Nathan
    April 27, 2014 - 22:34

    I believe people need to learn more about the situation then to stir up drama! Not one of the fines was a traffic fine ??? There are a hell of a lot worse people out there...........

  • bart
    April 27, 2014 - 18:00

    Fined $187,000 for illegal tobacco and to be paid back in 3 years, little extreme. Don't rip off the government unless your a Senator!

    • Art
      April 27, 2014 - 20:23

      What does this tobacco fine have to do with his suspended licence. the media said in 2008 conviction amount of $187,597 and now owns 160,000 so he had to pay back 27,000 already it seems to me he is paying on the fine . The Judge only charged him with a traffic offence but the media whats to hurt you even more. Just asking.

  • Gerald.
    April 27, 2014 - 12:42

    Little wonder we, as citizens, are frustrated, annoyed, and yes even angered when we read articles such as this. Will someone in authority please tell me what is wrong with the system to allow some such piece of humankind drive, or even walk, the streets of a town or city owing so much money in fines? This is beyond madness. And why is the media not covering such stories (of which there have been many) to expose what the fines are all about, how many make up the total of $160,000., how does he/she get away with it, how many times has the person appeared before court, has the person served time, who represents the character in court, who are the judges etc etc ???? Why is there a good investigative reporter not doing a special piece on this and similar such examples? What has become of our laws and the courts? We need to become more vocal and more expressively demonstrative about these matters. This is just becoming too much for people to tolerate. And in the midst of it all we the drivers, are driving and pedestrians are walking, in the midst of it all while we as civilized, law-abiding citizens, go about our daily business on the streets and sidewalks of the community. Would someone (in the know) please tell us why this kind of crap is happening?

    • Observer
      April 27, 2014 - 15:26

      I'll tell you why. Because the media here have a collective obsession with provincial politicians and with NALCOR. There's a collective obsession with tearing down the good stuff that's happening here and the good people that go with it. An agenda that ignores the other news that is impacting our society. The other news that lets these dirt bags go about their entitled lives with little or no attention and with virtually no impunity. The media is calling the shots here and no one gives it a second thought. Thank you , Gerald, for your thought provoking comment.

  • HANK
    April 27, 2014 - 10:53

    For this driver owing $160, 000. in outstanding traffic fines clearly shows the police DEPT. are doing their jobs! But it also shows that the justice system or the courts are falling behind on their jobs

  • Leonard Clarke
    April 27, 2014 - 10:48

    And the people owning the car(s)? They let this dude drive without consequence

  • KJB
    April 27, 2014 - 09:00

    Unbelievable.....how is this even possible?? Impound the car....what for? is it worth 160K? im gonna say NO. Take this guy, give him a stick and a garbage bag and make him pick up trash along the ORR or the PITTS for a few years and make an example out of him.

  • Dave
    April 27, 2014 - 08:37

    What would cra do if you owed money? Time to change tactics with these people.

  • Katt
    April 27, 2014 - 08:35

    How does someone rack up this amount? It doesn't even seem possible.

  • Guy Incognito
    April 27, 2014 - 08:27

    How does someone amass such a large amount of fines and still manage to be on the streets? At the $100,000 mark were they sent a collections letter? Where is the enforcement? This is a public safety we are talking about here. Lock them up. No licences issued, no social assistance, no rebates, no housing...nothing. Lock them up. At least get them off the roads.