Car’s $100,000 in tickets: 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Sets Parking Violations RecordBy Mischelle Esguerra on Nov 27, 2012 in United States, World •
The 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has set a record for the most parking violations in the City of Chicago, accumulating over $100,000 parking fines, according to reports by several international news sites, November 27, 2012.
Based on reports, the car was owned by Jennifer Fitzgerald and has been parked at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois for almost three years.
According to the Chicago Department of Finance, Fitzgerald was issued 678 bright orange parking tickets, beating out the previous holder of the record, with 400 violations.
However, the 31-year-old Fitzgerald claims she had no knowledge of owning the car. Her ex-boyfriend Brandon Preveau, an employee of United Airlines, bought the car in her name, registered and parked it there, purposely setting her up for large fines.
“On or before November 17, 2009, Brandon drove the automobile into the parking lot and never drove it out again,” Fitzgerald mentioned in a complaint she filed against Preveau and United Airlines.
According to the spokesperson of the Department of Aviation, the car should have been towed within a month after being abandoned in the airport parking lot, but it stayed there until 2012.
On the other hand, Fitzgerald’s lawsuit asks the court to find she was not the owner of the car and therefore not liable for the parking tickets. At worst the filing ask that the city and United Airlines should be responsible for towing the abandoned car from the parking lot on November 17, 2009 and thus no subsequent tickets should have been issued after that date.
The $100,000 parking ticket case will first see the inside of a courtroom in early May of next year, reports added.
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