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Neighbours react after woman accused of impaired driving in Ford's SUV

Rob Ford’s black Cadillac Escalade remained impounded at a lot in cottage country after a Muskoka woman driving the mayor’s SUV was charged with impaired driving earlier this week.

Lee Anne McRobb was stopped on Tuesday afternoon 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 also faces driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams.

McRobb’s neighbours were surprised by her arrest and connection to the Toronto mayor who has taken a leave of absence from his job to be treated at an undisclosed rehab centre for what he says is an alcohol problem.

“When I saw it on the news last night at 11 o’clock, I was shocked,” Willy Fletcher told CityNews. “I was really surprised because I wasn’t expecting that from her, which is unfortunate because she seemed like a nice person.”

Neighbour Doug Roy said, “She just seemed to be an ordinary person, just a regular mother in the neighbourhood.”

Neighbours on the quiet street where McRobb lives say they had no idea about her admitted stint at the GreeneStone rehab centre.

That’s where McRobb said she met Ford. They only know she has a young son and worked at the local TD Bank before being accused of impaired driving.

“She was very good at her job and she was a very nice lady to talk to,” neighbour Chuck Jennings said.

A man at Moon River Cottages, a set of cottage rentals owned by McRobb’s parents demanded that CityNews leave the premises on Thursday.

After seeing the camera, a woman yelled for her father before hiding inside a home on the property.

The question about why the SUV licence plates were removed remains unanswered.

The tow truck company, Northland Towing Auto and Recovery, said the SUV had no plates when it arrived at the impound lot.

The Bracebridge OPP confirm they did not remove the plates on Tuesday when McRobb was arrested.

Const. Jessica Drake said, “There’s no reason for the officer to remove the plates from the vehicle. The plates were registered to the vehicle. Everything was in order. The vehicle was towed from the scene with the licence plates attached.”