Ana Bailao Drunk Driving: Toronto Councillor Pleads Guilty

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Councillor Ana Bailao spoke with the media at City Hall in Toronto on October 17, 2012, when she originally announced she would be pleading not guilty to impaired driving charges. In January she decided to change that to a guilty plea. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail) | CP/Globe and Mail

TORONTO - A Toronto city councillor broke into tears Monday as she told a news conference she had pleaded guilty to driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Ana Bailao was charged with over 80 and impaired driving last October after police pulled her over early on Oct. 16 for driving without her lights on.

Bailao says she has accepted a punishment of a 12-month ban on driving and a $1,000 fine, and admitted her blood alcohol was .130 when she was pulled over.

Bailao said through tears that she had originally entered a not guilty plea but decided changing that plea was the right thing to do.

The impaired driving charge was dropped.

Bailao called her actions "a bad choice" and said she regrets getting in her car that night.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford issued a statement late Monday saying Bailao was a good councillor and that he looked forward to continuing to work with her.

"Councillor Ana Bailao did something wrong and she's taken full responsibility for her actions," Ford said. "I have faith in the justice system and the court's decision regarding the appropriate consequences."

(CFRB, AM640, The Canadian Press)

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