Ford’s Escalade under lock, key in Gravenhurst till someone antes up $350 Tuesday
GRAVENHURST — You can’t call it a Ford Escape.
Only O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco could compare.
Add a new infamous Ford to the Ford family fleet.
A Ford Escalade — a rare find in Canadian Cadillac showrooms at the best of times — is under lock and key at Northland Towing and Recovery.
It’s on display at Bob Hoolans’ auto sales compound on Bethune Drive North in Gravenhurst.
Kind of like a temporary zoo exhibit, with news crews lining up to take pictures of it through a crack in the fence.
And to interview Hoolans, who says it’s been a bit of a zoo since his tow truck driver picked it up Tuesday afternoon in Bala, near the GreenStone rehab centre where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is believed to be making forays into and out of.
Hoolans said the vehicle — without plates (no one’s saying who took them off) is in impound for the police until next Tuesday.
That’s seven days after Lee Anne McRobb, a TD Bank employee in Bala and MacTier was stopped near GreenStone and charged with impaired driving after a public traffic complaint, say police.
She came to the Gravenhurst compound Wednesday and told Holland it was Ford’s vehicle and that she was there to pick up stuff in it that she didn’t take when she was charged and the Escalade towed away.
Hoolans said she showed ID and he asked her what was inside that she wanted.
“I always ask before I let them in,” he said. “And she told me.”
Meanwhile, he said as of Thursday police still hadn’t given him the paperwork on the Ford, which would show its ownership.
Hoolans has been busy doing interviews late into the night Wednesday and all day Thursday.
“It’s been good for business,” he says “and good for Gravenhurst.” It puts us on the mat.”
Indeed his car was busier than normal as drivers dropped in for a two-for-one wash and gawk.
Hoolans says whoever comes to pick the Ford next week will have to bring proper ownership.
He doubts it will be Ford — but you never know the way the mayor has reportedly been seen around Gravenhurst at the Marriott with McGibbon and other places.
There are no reports of him picking up his suit at Fabricare in Gravenhurst after dropping it off there last Friday.
We would have heard or seen him in another selfie.
Hoolans says whoever picks up the vehicle will have to pay him $350 for storage.
But he suspects he may be asked to tow it away somewhere else.
Meanwhile, McRobb is to appear in court June 17 in Bracebridge.
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