Woman driving Rob Ford's SUV is 'a good person'

LeeAnne McRobb. (Facebook photo)

LeeAnne McRobb. (Facebook photo)

Don Peat, Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

BALA, Ont. -- There was no sign Thursday of Lee Anne McRobb at her Grey St. home just steps from Bala Bay, Ont., in the Muskokas.

McRobb is at the centre of the media spotlight after the OPP busted her on Tuesday for allegedly driving while impaired in Mayor Rob Ford's Cadillac Escalade.

She wasn't at her house Thursday and the front door was secured with a padlock.

But McRobb's neighbours had only kind words to offer about her.

"She is a good neighbour," said Chuck Jennings, who lives a few doors away. "She has never done me any harm any way."

He said McRobb has lived on the street for about a year, worked at a TD Bank in town and seems like a good person.

"I never knew her very well, other than she works at the bank. She's very good at her job and a nice lady, good to talk to," he added.

He said McRobb also has a young son but he wasn't sure if the boy lived with her.

The senior recalled McRobb suffered a head injury not long ago as a passenger in a "nasty" snowmobile accident that prohibited her from working.

"Whether she's still off, I don't know," Jennings said.

At least one neighbour has claimed to have seen a black Cadillac Escalade, similar to the SUV driven by Ford, parked in McRobb's driveway recently. 

But Jennings said he hasn't noticed the big vehicle.

"It could have been, I don't know. I've got better things to do than sit in here looking out my windows at the neighbourhood," he said jokingly.

Given Ford's worldwide infamy as Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, McRobb has been thrust into the media spotlight, but little is known about her. Her Facebook page disappeared Wednesday shortly after the story broke.

McRobb's sister says her sibling "just wants to be left alone."

Ford has been in rehab since May 1 and sources tell QMI Agency the two know each other from GreeneStone Muskoka — a rehab centre in cottage country.

“At this time, I can't give any information out,” McRobb's sister, Lindsay Sarrasin, said.

Asked if her sister was planning on making a statement, Sarrasin said: “Not that I'm aware of."

"I think she just wants to be left alone and maybe we can let things simmer down a bit," Sarrasin said. "She's a good person. She's my best friend. She's my sister."

Sarrasin said her sister has never been in trouble before.

"She's a good person, she's well-liked, that's all I can say," she said.

McRobb did give a brief interview to local radio station MooseFM at Northland Towing and Recovery in Gravenhurst, Ont., when she tried to retrieve items from Ford's impounded SUV, but refused to say why she was driving the vehicle.

Court searches show McRobb has no prior convictions.

The mayor's SUV — a birthday gift from his brothers back in 2012 — was still impounded in Gravenhurst on Thursday.

It isn't clear who removed the licence plates from the vehicle.

In Toronto, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly — who holds the mayor's powers during his leave of absence — said he hasn't been told when Ford will return.

- With files from Sam Pazzano and Tracy McLaughlin


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