(TORONTO) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford received a ticket for jaywalking in British Columbia on Friday night, encountering police hours after arriving for a weekend trip.
Amin Massoudi, Ford’s spokeperson, confirmed the incident to the Toronto Sun. Though witnesses said the mayor seemed under the influence, Ford said he only drank a Diet Coke.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police declined to elaborate on the circumstances of the $109 ticket.
“The RCMP does not routinely disclose or publicly comment on matters that do not involve criminal code or other serious offences including violation tickets,” Sgt. Rob Vermeulen told the Toronto Star in an email. “This policy is applied for all individuals regardless of who they are.”
It’s the latest in the string of behavior drawing the public’s attention. In January, Ford admitted to drinking during a visit to an Ontario restaurant. A video shows him rambling with slurred speech. He is seeking reelection following a controversial admission that he smoked crack cocaine.
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