Update: We have learned that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was ticketed for jaywalking and not public intoxication as previously reported by Global BC. Ford was ticketed with jaywalking and he denies he was arrested for public intoxication.
Earlier this evening, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was ticketed in Burnaby for jaywalking after a night of partying.
According to reports by Global BC, a RCMP officer wrote Mayor Ford a ticket after he was seen walking along North Road near Lougheed Highway (on the municipal border between Burnaby and Coquitlam). He was ticketed for jaywalking only and not public intoxication as previously reported. Ford was crossing the busy arterial road during a red light.
A small crowd formed and took photos while the officer wrote him a ticket at the Shell gas station located on the Burnaby side of the street.
Speaking to the Toronto Sun on the incident, Ford claims he was walking over to a Chinese restaurant. He says his hotel is nearby about “200 feet away” from where he was given a $109 ticket by a female officer.
“I said I can’t believe this,” said Ford during an interview with Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warrington. “They went out of there way to do this. I said I support you guys. Did you arrest me because I am a Bronco’s fan?”
Ford is in Vancouver this Super Bowl weekend to attend a funeral of a close friend’s family member. Ford arrived at Vancouver International Airport this morning.
This latest alleged incident follows the international attention and ridicule over Ford’s controversies, particularly with the frequency of his caught-on-camera “drunken stupors” and the recent admittance to cocaine usage. The Mayor was stripped of his powers by Toronto City Council in November 2013.
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