Embattled Toronto mayor had previous Miami DUI arrest

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, butt of late-night talk show jokes for smoking crack cocaine while on a drinking binge, revealed to colleagues Wednesday that he and his family may travel to Florida for the holidays.

That might bring back some bad memories.

Miami-Dade was the scene of a drunk driving and marijuana possession arrest back in 1999, an embarrassment that surfaced during Ford’s mayoral campaign three years ago and has come up again with his most recent booze and drugs scandal. The embattled mayor admitted last week that he had used crack cocaine,

Ford’s previous arrest in South Florida, widely reported in Canada in 2010, came in downtown Miami around 1:30 a.m. when a Miami-Dade police office pulled over his car because the headlights were off.

When he got out, Ford threw his hands up, told the officer to “take me to jail” and threw cash on the ground, according to a police report posted online by CBC news.

The officer smelled alcohol on his breath and found a joint in his pants pocket. Ford wound up completing 50 hours of community service for the arrest, the mayor told Canadian reporters in 2010.

News of the arrest apparently didn’t bother Toronto voters, who elected him anyway. Now, polls show, most want him to resign.

On Wednesday, in a closely watched Toronto City Council meeting, Ford had testy exchanges with members of the city council, which voted 37 to 5 to ask him to take a leave of absence. But the council doesn’t have authority to force him from the post and Ford refused to step down, though he did apologize profusely for his behavior.

Read more Miami-Dade stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category