Toronto mayor Ford gets jay-walking ticket in Vancouver -reports

Sat Feb 1, 2014 3:26pm EST
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety last year after admitting to smoking crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor", was ticketed for jay-walking during a trip to Vancouver to attend a funeral, Canadian media reported on Saturday.

The Toronto Sun newspaper said Ford confirmed he was issued a C$109 ($97.76) ticket on Friday night by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for disobeying a pedestrian sign.

"I am in shock," he told the newspaper. "I was just walking across the street about 200 feet from my hotel when I was approached by an officer and told I was jay-walking. I couldn't believe it. I said to them 'Am I under arrest?'"

The RCMP and Ford's office did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

The ticket came after social media showed Ford posing for pictures with people at a nearby pub. Ford told the newspaper all he had was a diet cola.

The mayor pledged last year he would stay away from drugs and alcohol. Last month, a video of Ford ranting in a Jamaican accent and slurring his words at a suburban eatery was posted online. He conceded he had been drinking the night the video was shot, but described it as a "minor setback" and said his personal life did not interfere with his job.

Last week, his sister's former boyfriend filed a lawsuit alleging Ford conspired to have him beaten in prison. Ford's lawyer called the allegations false and irresponsible.

The crack scandal and other embarrassing episodes, have made Ford a popular target for lampooning by late-night TV hosts.

But Ford has refused calls to step down and said he expects to be returned to office in October's municipal elections.

($1 = 1.1150 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by David Gregorio)

 
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office to return to a budget meeting at City Hall in Toronto, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris