Toronto councillor Ana Bailao did not appear in court on Monday on impaired driving charges stemming from an incident earlier this year.

Instead, her lawyer appeared and a new court date was set for Dec. 31.

She has said she intends to plead not guilty.

Bailao, who represents Ward 18-Davenport, was charged with impaired driving and having a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams after being stopped by police near Bathurst and Harbord streets early Oct. 16. She was reportedly driving without her headlights on.

She was at the Mayor’s Ball for the Arts at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre hours before.

Bailao, 36, was first elected to office on Oct. 10, 2010, replacing former councillor Adam Giambrone. She sits on several committees and agencies and headed a task force that saved many Toronto Community Housing properties slated for sale.

She has continued to serve on council since she was charged.

First-time offenders face a $1,000 fine and one-year driving suspension if convicted.

With files from CityNews.ca staff