James William Awad, the organizer of Sunwing’s infamous “party plane” to Mexico for the New Year, continued his series of meetings with authorities this week.
Awad’s Rolls-Royce was seized and towed by police on the North Shore this weekend. The problem was unpaid tickets, Awad confirmed to CTV News.
“I forgot to pay a ticket while I was on vacation,” he said, adding that it was a speeding ticket.
“I guess he went to my mail and [I] I haven’t read my mail since what happened.”
Local police, which covers Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Bois-des-Filion and Terrebonne, appear to have taken strong action due to a longer pattern.
“They took my car because my driver’s license was canceled due to unpaid tickets,” he said.
Awad lives in Bois-des-Filion, where he owns several mansions, at least one of which also has statues of him outside, according to media reports in January.
Police have yet to respond to a request for confirmation.
Awad also got into trouble when he returned to Canada in January, after an unplanned three weeks in Mexico after his group’s return charter flight was canceled due to their loud behavior on the way south. Other Canadian airlines have also refused to fly the members of the trip back to Canada.
Awad ended up crossing the border in the middle of the night in a U-Haul he said he rented in New York. He received a ticket en route for being out after the 10 p.m. curfew in Quebec, which was still in effect.
Although federal authorities said they were considering several potential legal consequences for passengers on the trip, Awad said neither he nor the members of his trip had heard of it.
“Not even a call from Transport Canada, nothing,” he said.
Awad wrote on Twitter this week that he plans to hire a personal assistant.