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Woman charged with impaired driving in Rob Ford's SUV due in court

The woman charged with impaired driving at the wheel of Rob Ford’s infamous Cadillac Escalade was scheduled to appear in a Bracebridge court on Tuesday.

Lee Anne McRobb, 36, was allegedly driving Ford’s black SUV on May 20 and stopped by police at Muskoka District Road 169 at Butterfly Road, which is a few minutes away from GreeneStone Residential Addiction Treatment Centre.

She wasn’t present in court on Tuesday, but her lawyer’s paralegal Ivon Fournier was there on her behalf, according to Moose FM. He declined to say whether she was fighting her charges, saying that was between her and her lawyer, Michael Rombis. But he added that Rombis is a fighter. “Rombis believes every tree should be shaken,” he told Moose FM.

Neither Fournier nor Rombis was immediately available for comment. McRobb’s next court date is Aug. 5.

Mayor Ford has been receiving treatment at the GreeneStone centre since taking a leave of absence on April 30.

McRobb told reporters at the time she was in rehab with Ford and the mayor was doing “top notch.”

The OPP in Bracebridge charged McRobb of Muskoka Lakes Township with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams.

Reporters from Moose FM asked McRobb at the time how she ended up driving Ford’s Escalade.

“That’s for me to know, you guys don’t need to know,” she answered.

On Monday, Ford told city hall that he will return to work on June 30.