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Updated: Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:14:39 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Rob Ford gets ticket for jaywalking in Vancouver suburb



Rob Ford gets ticket for jaywalking in Vancouver suburb

Rob Ford has travelled to Vancouver but controversy has followed the embattled Toronto mayor.

Ford was ticketed for jaywalking on Friday night, his spokesperson said.

"I can confirm that the Mayor received a ticket for jay walking last night. He did not receive any other tickets or citation," said Amin Massoudi.

The Toronto Sun quoted Ford as saying he was walking across the street near his hotel when an officer told him he had crossed on a red light and had jaywalked and was being ticketed for $109.

Witness Tyler Wilson told CBC News he saw the controversial mayor speaking with police at a Shell gas station in in Coquitlam, B.C. near North Road and Lougheed Highway.

The gas station in Coquitlam is located across the street from a bar called The Foggy Dew. Late Friday night and early Saturday morning, pictures hashtagged with the same pub name appeared over Twitter and Instagram.

Instagram user Leanne Murray (@leannemurrayy) posted a video featuring the mayor.

Ford appears to be wearing the same clothes in all the photos said to have been taken that night.

RCMP would not immediately comment to The Canadian Press about the reports. A spokesman for Ford could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ford is reportedly in Vancouver for the funeral of a friend's mother.

Ford appeared unhappy with the turn of events, telling the Sun he was shocked and that "they went out of their way to do this."

Jail attack lawsuit

Still, a ticket for jaywalking would seem to be the least of Ford's troubles.

Earlier this week an ex-boyfriend of Ford's sister filed a lawsuit claiming the mayor conspired to have him attacked in jail to prevent his illicit behaviours from becoming publicly known.

Scott MacIntyre alleges in his statement of claim that Ford arranged for jail staff to facilitate the beating.

MacIntyre was jailed in early 2012 after pleading guilty to a charge of threatening the mayor.

It was there in March 2012 that he was brutally beaten, more than a year before the Toronto Star and U.S. website Gawker reported on the existence of a video appearing to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

None of MacIntyre's allegations have been proven in court, and Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris, says "They're without fact or foundation."

The mayor, however, has admitted to consuming too much alcohol on occasion, as well as smoking crack cocaine, likely in a "drunken stupor," and to smoking marijuana.

One of his friends, Alexander Lisi, is facing drug charges as well as an extortion charge for alleged attempts to retrieve the notorious crack video.

Toward the end of last year as Ford became a punchline for relentless gags by late night comics, his embarrassing behaviour finally prompted city councillors to strip him of most of his mayoral powers.

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