A Chicago woman accumulated more than $105,000 in unpai... A Chicago woman accumulated more than $105,000 in unpaid parking tickets, according to court records. (Photo courtesy Fox 32).
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A Chicago woman may have set a dubious automotive record. Jennifer Fitzgerald owes more than $105,000 in parking tickets, according to court records.

Parking officials say it may be the highest penalty on record.

A 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo worth about $600 registered to Fitzgerald was left in an employee parking lot at Chicago's O'Hare Airport for more than three years, where it accumulated tickets for being a "hazardous dilapidated vehicle" with cracked windows, and being parked in a city lot for more than 30 days.

The website www.theexpiredmeter.com first uncovered the record fine. Traffic expert Mike Brockway, who runs the website, said police should have towed the car after 30 days, per city ordinances.

Fitzgerald declined interview requests, but told MyFoxChicago that an ex-boyfriend who worked for United Airlines had registered the car in her name without her knowledge. Maybe she should own up to it anyway. It could be her only chance to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.



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      jdhegnes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unless the entire right side of that car is wrecked, it is not a $600 car. Not even close.
      alan
      • 2 Years Ago
      its all about money corrupt police an GOV
        macbenson5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alan
        So this woman thumbs her nose at the system, refuses to pay for parking like the rest of us do, and somehow it is the fault of the police and government? Amazing.
          allwaystattoo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @macbenson5
          you're dumber than a box of rocks
          jjerrbberr02
          • 2 Years Ago
          @macbenson5
          I would say the airport police were somewhat culpable here. They should have towed the car long before three years went by.
      Leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      More B.S.!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just another case of abusing the law, car should have been towed a LONG time ago and how the owner wasnt contacted after the first few months blows my mind....
      nabbjb0998
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let's see: Fire the person for writing the parking tickets when that is part of their responsibility. Did it ever occur to anyone that the ticket writer did not have the authority to tow vehicles? What else don't we know about this story? I suspect there is alot more to this saga.
      kkau99999
      • 2 Years Ago
      how can a car be registered in her name without her personally signing the registration documentation? if it's her real signature on the registration forms she's lying about not knowing the car was in her name, otherwise she's telling the truth and is a victim of identity theft/fraud
      wilsonkoi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I once had a call from the San Francisco PD about almost $1,000 in tickets on a year old Volvo registered in my name. I live in another state, but it was tempting to fly there, pay the fine, and own a car worth $35-40k. Not all states require a signature to register a car, let alone a witnessed signature.
        jay917
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wilsonkoi
        No one would have faulted you for it either..
      taurus7125
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, as most of America knows most of the chicago police aren't as bright as a 5watt bulb and there needs to be big changes made to the force from the top down to the newest recruit. They also need a raise.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It does seem a little incredible that it wasn't just declared an abandoned vehicle and removed.
      HATCHETMEN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who said it is worth $600???? I know of PLENTY of car lots here in PA that would get a total of payments around $4500 for that fine piece!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering my car was threatened to be towed parked IN FRONT OF MY OWN HOUSE after 2 days (probably because the officer saw it towed there) why wasn't hers? Different states I guess.
      mamoseley3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surely she can come up with something more believable than that.
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