Court date later this month for the Davenport city councillor.
First appearances were held in an Old City Hall courtroom today in Ana Bailão’s drunk driving case. The first-term councillor (she serves Ward 18, Davenport) was not in attendance for the 30-second meeting, which set her court date for December 17. She is a crucial swing vote on council, and has continued to serve her ward pending the trial.
According to police, Bailão had her car headlights off when she was pulled over at Bathurst and Harbord streets on October 16 at 1:43 a.m. She was arrested for having a blood alcohol level over 80mg per 100ml of blood. The legal limit in Ontario is 50mg.
Reportedly, on the night of the arrest she went out for drinks following the Mayor’s Ball for the Arts with casino lobbyist and influential Sussex Strategy Group principal Jamie Besner; former Rob Ford chief of staff Nick Kouvalis; and councillor Mark Grimes, the chair of Exhibition Place (a proposed casino site).
A dozen councillors came out to support Bailão at her press conference the next day. She called the incident “regrettable” and intends to plead not guilty.
Bailão declined to comment for this article due to the ongoing legal proceedings.