Police singled me out, claims Ford

Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says police singled him out for a jaywalking ticket in British Columbia last weekend because of who he is.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is questioned by reporters in Toronto, Canada. File picture: Chris Young, The Canadian Press. Credit: Associated Press

Ford was in a Vancouver suburb, where he attended the funeral of a friend's mother, when he received the $109 ticket late on Friday.

Ford said on Wednesday that 15 people were with him, but the officer “picked me out and said, 'You're Rob Ford, come with me’”.

Ford made international headlines last year when he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. He's drawn attention for other erratic behaviour, but he has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election.

Ford says Toronto police don't give jaywalking tickets, and he's perplexed.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman in British Columbia declined comment.