ABOVE: Who was the woman behind the wheel of Rob Ford’s car – and what’s her connection to Toronto’s mayor?
TORONTO – Rob Ford’s black Cadillac Escalade was impounded in Bracebridge – but according to multiple reports, the mayor was not behind the wheel.
Lee Anne McRobb, 36, who was driving the SUV at the time was arrested at 2:34 p.m. Tuesday and charged with impaired driving.
She was not charged with stealing the car.
One of two videos posted on YouTube Wednesday by Moose 99.5b FM host Carly Verhoeven show McRobb at a car impound lot trying to retrieve her belongings from inside the vehicle.
“Not having a watch is not good. I’ve got a really nice one too. I think I left it at Greenstone. Maybe it’s in Rob Ford’s room (inaudible). But that’s okay. I’ll get it later,” McRobb told the impound lot attendant.
“I need to pick up a bunch of stuff in a vehicle. I got busted for drinking and driving yesterday, so my vehicle’s here. Well it’s not my vehicle, but all my stuff’s in it. I have to get all my junk out of it.”
Verhoeven told Global News that she and fellow Moose FM colleague Matthew Sittler recorded the conversation on video as McRobb went into detail about Ford.
“She basically just came out and started talking about Rob Ford out of nowhere without even asking questions,” said Verhoeven.
The mayor has allegedly been in the Bracebridge area for close to three weeks as part of a rehabilitation program.
Speaking to Global News shortly after news broke that the mayor’s car had been impounded, his brother, Doug Ford, expressed shock and said he’s tried but hasn’t been able to contact his brother.
“So I’ve tried to reach out to Rob but I can’t get a hold of him, so to be very frank- I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “All I understand is that his car’s been impounded, he wasn’t there or in it, he was at the treatment centre but obviously someone else has his car.”
A spokesperson for Northland Towing, the company which towed an Escalade for the OPP, said he can’t confirm the car belongs to the mayor because it came in with no license plates.
McRobb is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.