*UPDATE* Bailao Arrested For Impaired Driving
Toronto City Councillor Ana Bailao is in some hot water.
Toronto Police have confirmed to Newstalk1010 that the Councillor for Ward 18 was charged with one count of impaired driving and one count of over 80 mg.
Police say Bailao was pulled over at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Harbord and Bathurst Sts.
While Bailao is not speaking to reporters about the matter, she has released a statement:
I can confirm that on October 16, I was charged with impaired driving.
This situation is regrettable. I have been advised by my legal counsel that because this matter is before the courts that I have no further comment.
Several councillors who have commented on the news are putting their support behind their colleague while the matter is before the courts.
"It's unfortunate," says Mayor Rob Ford. "She's innocent until proven guilty. That's the most important thing here. We've all made mistakes."
His brother councillor Doug Ford echoed those words when he joined Jim Richards on Newstalk 1010.
"Everyone goes through tough times," councillor Ford says. "Everyone deserves a second shot. Ana Bailao is a great councillor, a great person."
Councillor Ford says, "I'll stand behind her any day."
Several hours before councillor Bailao was stopped by police she was at the Mayor's Ball for the Arts. Councillor Michelle Berardinetti was also there.
"It's a serious matter. But with councillor Bailao we don't know what the situation is so we have to wait and see," Berardinetti says. "She has to come out and say what really happened."
Bailao will be in court on December 3rd for a first appearance.
(With files from Justine Lewkowicz.)