Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ticketed for jaywalking in Burnaby-Coquitlam
We've watched it for months – nearly a year – and now we've joined the party.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford was ticketed on North Road, on the border of Burnaby and Coquitlam, on Friday night for jaywalking. Initial reports had him also tagged with public intoxication – according to a witness speaking to Global BC (video above) – but Ford has since denied that and says he was "in shock" and "perplexed" and "speechless" with what happened.
"I was just walking across the street about 200 feet from my hotel when I was approached by an officer and told I was jaywalking," Ford told Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington. "I couldn't believe it. I said to them 'Am I under arrest?'
"All I've had here is a diet Coke... What happened here is not right."
The mayor was slapped with a $109 ticket for jaywalking.
Ford was then noticed by a collection of people who approached him and posed with him for photographs, which he willingly smiled for, according to witnesses. (However, Ford told Warmington that he was embarrassed about the photos.)
A photo of Rob Ford tonight, during the time he was reportedly being ticketed for jaywalking and public intoxication. pic.twitter.com/Q7yTo76SPE— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) February 1, 2014
Ford is in the Vancouver area to attend the funeral of David Price's mother. Price is a friend and former staffer of Ford, and was also ticketed with jaywalking. Friday night's incident took place near a Shell gas station on North Road, north of Lougheed Highway.
"Boys, I f'd up," Ford said at the scene, according to witness Ian Currie. "I honestly thought it was cool out here (on the West Coast), like, the cops are looser."
Currie then said he told Ford, "It's still the RCMP, man."
(*Currie, Global BC's original on-scene witness has since retracted his statement that Ford said he was also ticketed for public drunkenness. Global has issued an apology and correction to their story.)
The RCMP have not confirmed the story yet, saying that it is not a public safety matter and that it involves a celebrity, so mum is the force's official word right now.
The Vancouver story follows months of headlines for Toronto's embattled mayor.
There was, of course, his crack cocaine admission and videos of him in a "drunken stupor" that hit the Internet last fall. Despite reports that he has since been cold turkey, the mayor reportedly had a slip-up recently, caught performing a drunken, Jamaican-English rant at a Toronto fast food joint.
Videos and photos of him at a Coquitlam pub, the Foggy Dew, were posted to the Internet last night and Tweeted out by Global BC, which also originally reported that Ford was it with public intoxication.
The news station says it is waiting to hear from the RCMP, so the force can clarify exactly what Ford was ticketed for.