Woman racks up $100K in parking tickets at O’Hare: EXCLUSIVE - KMSP-TV

Woman racks up $100K in parking tickets at O’Hare: EXCLUSIVE

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Parking lots surrounding O'Hare fill up every day. Some cars are left for just hours, others maybe for a day, or several weeks. But, a recent lawsuit said a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo was parked at O'Hare for almost three years, accumulating tickets of over $100,000 for being an abandoned vehicle and parked in a city lot for more than 30 days.

"No one took it upon themselves, took the initiative and said, ‘hey, we got a problem here, this car has been here for months, and years, collecting all these tickets,' says Mike Brockway who runs the website theexpiredmeter.com.

Brockway says under city ordinances, that car should have been towed after just 30 days, so its owner would not owe thousands of dollars in fines. It wasn't towed to the O'Hare pound until a few weeks ago.

"They are obviously aware that that vehicle has been there for a prolonged period of time and I think its incumbent on them to deal with it the way the law states," says Brockway.

That's what Jennifer Ftizgerald, the alleged owner of the car, argues in her lawsuit. She wouldn't' go on camera, but she claims a former boyfriend who works for United Airlines abandoned the car three years ago in a section of Parking Lot E reserved for United employees. She says even though the registration is in her name, he's the true owner and should pay any fines.

The city disputes, however, that the car sat abandoned for almost three years, a law department spokesman told Fox 32 news that, "the employee moved this vehicle a number of times in this United lot. A stack of tickets was not accruing on the vehicle."

But they were accruing on Jennifer Fitzgerald's record, because police just kept on writing tickets, instead of towing the car away.

"If they go back and look at the law, I think they'll realize that they're the ones who made the biggest mistake and should really in my opinion let this young woman off the hook for the vast majority of these tickets," Brockway explains.

We reached out to Ms. Fitzgerald's former boyfriend, the United employee who supposedly abandoned the car. He also declined to go on camera, and would only say that not everything alleged in her lawsuit is true.

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