Suspect arrested in storage room of strip club released from custody

Published on October 11, 2012

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.