Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford revealed Thursday he was arrested
in Florida in 1999 for driving under the influence and marijuana
possession – one of several brushes with the law.
A City of
Miami police affidavit states Ford was nervous after being pulled over
while seen driving apparently without having any lights on.
Ford, who had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, stepped out of
the vehicle, he took all of his money and threw it to the ground.
“Go ahead, take me to jail,” he’s quoted by the police report as saying.
whom recent polls suggest is the front-runner to replace outgoing Mayor
David Miller, held a news conference outside his office Thursday about
He said he wanted to “set the story straight”
after a newspaper report revealed he was charged with having a
marijuana joint in his pocket.
The pot possession charge was dropped, but Ford pleaded guilty to DUI for failing to give a breath sample to police.
“I am not perfect. I have never claimed to be perfect,” he said Thursday.
guess I had a few drinks at Valentine’s dinner with my wife. It was a
mistake. I shouldn’t have been driving. And I owned up to my mistake,”
Ford said he paid a fine of about US$500 and did 50 hours of community service coaching football.
The three-time city councillor said he’s actually been criminally charged on several other occasions.
he was 18, Ford was charged with assault over an ice hockey fight. But
that charge was dismissed, he said. Charges of assault and threatening
death involving a 2008 incident with his wife were also dropped, he
“I do not have a criminal record,” said Ford.
the run-ins with police, Ford insists that he is still the best
candidate to lead the city following the Oct. 25 municipal election,
given his city hall and business experience.
He said the
election is not about mistakes he made more than 11 years ago, but
rather it’s about how future decisions will shape Toronto for the next
“I’m only human and we’ve all made mistakes,” he said.
revelations were not the only comments causing a stir for Ford’s
campaign this week. He came under fire for statements he made about
immigration at Tuesday night’s televised mayoral candidates debate.
a Tamil member of the audience asked about the role of refugees in the
city, Ford replied “We can’t even deal with the 2.5 million people in
the city. I think it’s more important that we take care of the people
now before we start bringing in more.”