Davenport Councillor Ana Bailao apologized to her family and constituents of Ward 18 as she tearfully announced she had plead guilty to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of greater than 80 mg, during a press conference at city hall, Monday, Jan. 28.
Bailao’s driver’s licence has been suspended for 12 months and she must pay a fine of $1,000. She said, she will not step down as city councillor.
“I made a bad choice,” admitted Bailao from behind a podium.
“I do not and have never condoned drinking and driving,” continued the councillor. “I want people to learn from my mistake.”
Bailao said she wanted to thank residents of Ward 18 “and anyone else I’ve let down.”
“Today, I appeared in court and entered a plea of guilty,” she said.
Last October, Bailao was charged with impaired driving and driving over the legal limit of 80 mg of blood alcohol. The councillor was stopped by police at Bathurst and Harbord streets at 1:47 a.m. after officers observed unusual driving, according to Toronto police spokesperson Const. Wendy Drummond. She was stopped and charged.
Bailao said she felt in control as she got behind the wheel that night, however, “one drink is too many,” she said.
– with files from David Nickle