11/03/2013 06:09 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST

Unlicensed, uninsured driver racks up $45K in fines

A 23-year-old man was held in the lockup in St. John's on Saturday night, on a number of traffic offences — including owing $45,000 in fines.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary pulled over the driver around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the New Gower Street area, for a traffic violation.

It was discovered the man driving the vehicle had no valid driver's licence or insurance, and the registered owner was charged with allowing his vehicle to be operated by an unlicensed, uninsured driver. 

The driver was held for a provincial court appearance on Sunday, and the vehicle was impounded.