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Friday, March 31, 2023

No license, no insurance, and dangerous driving charges net teenager a prison stay and $2,500 fine.  A teenager who led Police officers on a high-speed chase in St. John’s has met a serious red light, having been sentenced to seven days at Her Majesty’s Prison and fined for breaches of the traffic laws. 

Montel Barton, 19, appeared before the Traffic Court and pleaded guilty to driving without a licence, dangerous driving, and driving without insurance. On the first two, Barton was sentenced to imprisonment for seven days each; however, they will run concurrently.  For driving without insurance, the court imposed a $2,500 fine on him. Meanwhile, Melvin King Jr. of Herberts was fined $1,000 on a charge of permitting to drive, since he was the person who rented the vehicle for Barton.  

King, 20, pleaded guilty to the offence, and the Court also suspended his licence for three months. Barton reportedly was driving a Toyota Vitz, which crashed close to a road construction site, as he was attempting to evade Police last weekend. Barton is alleged to have committed a traffic violation, which was observed by the officers.  Reportedly, they signalled him to stop; but  he sped off, and they pursued.  

It was reported that Barton struck another vehicle on Independence Drive during his attempt to evade the law. Further reports are that a bus collided with a tree after the driver swerved in order to avoid a head-on collision with Barton. Barton subsequently crashed into a fence, after arriving at a dead end at the construction site on Upper Bishopsgate Street. He was later apprehended by the Police, while the other occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot.

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