A police source tells CityNews that Mayor Rob Ford’s black Cadillac Escalade has been impounded in Bracebridge. But the mayor was not in the vehicle when it was seized around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The OPP in Bracebridge charged Lee Anne McRobb of Muskoka Lakes Township with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams.
McRobb, 36, was allegedly driving Ford’s SUV and was stopped by police at Muskoka District Road 169 at Butterfly Road, which is a few minutes away from GreeneStone Residential Addiction Treatment Centre in Bala.
She couldn’t be reached for comment. But McRobb went to the Northland Towing Auto and Recovery lot to try to retrieve some of her personal belongings from Ford’s car. The incident was captured on video by Moose FM radio reporter Carly Verhoeven.
“We started asking her a lot of questions, and we finally got her to admit that she was in rehab with Rob Ford but that she’s no longer in rehab with him,” Moose FM regional cluster news director Matthew Sitler told CityNews. “And she also said when I asked her how she got behind the wheel of Rob Ford’s vehicle, she said, ‘That’s for me to know.’”
In a second video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, McRobb said that Ford is doing “top notch” in rehab.
The Moose FM reporters asked how she ended up driving Ford’s Escalade.
“That’s for me to know, you guys don’t need to know,” McRobb answered.
Ford has been in rehab since he took a temporary leave of absence from his mayoral job on April 30 but his family hasn’t disclosed his whereabouts though he was spotted in cottage country on Friday.
Ford’s lawyer Dennis Morris said in a phone interview that he couldn’t confirm whether it was the mayor’s SUV that was impounded and wouldn’t divulge his whereabouts. The mayor’s brother Doug Ford said it was the first time he’d heard of the incident when CityNews contacted him for comment.
McRobb is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.