Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Woman driving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Caddy nabbed on drunk driving
Sources confirm to the Toronto Sun that Lee Anne McRobb, the woman allegedly driving drunk in the mayor’s black Cadillac Escalade alone on Tuesday afternoon, was in rehab treatment at GreeneStone Muskoka with Ford.
McRobb wouldn’t tell reporters in Gravenhurst Wednesday at Northland Towing and Recovery why she was behind the wheel of the mayor-mobile.
“It doesn’t matter. That’s for me to know,” McRobb said in a video posted by MooseFM’s Carly Verhoeven. “You guys don’t need to know.”
In two videos posted by MooseFM on YouTube, McRobb mentions she was in GreeneStone and left something in Ford’s room. She goes on to confirm she left the rehab facility.
“I was but I’m out of there,” she said.
At times in the videos, McRobb denies she knows Ford.
“Everybody knows him, he’s on the news,” McRobb said.
Asked if she cares for Ford, McRobb shrugged.
“I’m not going to comment on this right now, I’m a little emotional,” she said.
McRobb could not be reached for comment Wednesday. A number listed for McRobb in Mactier was disconnected and a Facebook page with the same name was no longer public on Wednesday night.
A press release from the OPP said Bracebridge detachment officers made the stop around 2:34 p.m. after responding to a traffic complaint.
“The vehicle, a black Cadillac Escalade, was stopped by Bracebridge OPP officers on Muskoka Road 169 at Butterfly Road in Muskoka Lakes Township, where the female driver and lone occupant was found to be impaired by alcohol,” the release stated.
OPP Sgt. Pierre Chamberland confirmed the vehicle has been impounded for seven days.
McRobb, 36, has been charged with impaired driving and driving with over 80 mgs. She’s scheduled to appear in court in Bracebridge on June 17.
Ford has been on a leave of absence since April 30 and in rehab for his admitted alcohol problem.
He told the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington a few days into his treatment that “rehab is amazing.” Ford was spotted with his Escalade in Muskoka last Friday posing for photos and dropping off a suit for dry cleaning.
Councillor Doug Ford said he wasn’t aware of the incident with his brother’s SUV but confirmed the mayor is still in rehab in Muskoka.
“It’s news to me,” Ford said about the SUV being impounded.
“I don’t think it is good news anyone driving with DUI, I think it is terrible but they said (the mayor) wasn’t in the car.”
“We’ll find out what is going on,” he added.
Dennis Morris, the mayor’s lawyer, said he hadn’t heard McRobb’s name before.
“I have not spoken to him, he’s in rehab as far as I’m concerned,” Morris said of his client.
“There is no allegation (Ford) was behind the wheel — that’s good news,” he added.
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