CHICAGO (CBS) — We’ve all grown frustrated with speed bumps at one time or another, but a man from Brighton Park, a neighborhood in southwest Chicago, was so fed up with the one behind his house that he removed it piece by piece.
And as CBS 2’s Charlie de Mar reported Tuesday night, doing that gotten the man into a whole bunch of trouble.READ MORE: More Adoptable Animals At The Dumb Friends League Than They've Seen In A Decade, Cost To Adopt Adult Cats At Only $10
Nicolas Benitez said the speed bumps in his alley are too wide and high – so much so they were damaging his car. So he took matters into his own hands, and now there is a pile of slabs of asphalt leaning up against his garage.
Benitez got a $500 ticket for digging without a permit, and destroying city property in the process.
But he said he was tired of bottoming his car out on the speed bumps in his Brighton park alley — and claims the bump was already cracking. So he got to work with a hammer.
He admits to smashing the asphalt over a span of days, and then neatly piling it against his garage. Benitez wants the city to install smaller speed bumps, and he has complained to Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) about the current speed bumps before.
But he apparently got tired of waiting for a solution.READ MORE: As Vaccine Rates Remain Low For Communities Of Color, Door-To-Door Campaigns Help Build Trust In Doctors' Advice
“Throw out the ticket,” Benitez said, “because he needs to replace not just this one – he needs to replace the whole area.”
Ald. Lopez was alerted to the missing speed bump, and informed Benítez that there was a problem with Benitez’s speed bump vigilantism.
Lopez tweeted a picture with a caption reading: “Please don’t take matters into your own hands Chicago! This man wasn’t happy about a speed bump. It has been in his alley for a decade. He removed it on his own & earned a $500 fine and a court case in the process.”
Please don’t take matters into your own hands Chicago! This man wasn’t happy about a speed bump. It has been in his alley for a decade. He removed it on his own & earned a $500 fine and a court case in the process. pic.twitter.com/XFCKjYc5Dp
— Ald. Raymond Lopez (@RLopez15thWard) September 20, 2021
“I’m angry and I’m upset. He came by and he wrote me a ticket, and I asked him why,” Benitez said. “It’s my fault. I broke the rule. But why don’t they pay attention?”
Ald. Lopez said a city Department of Transportation inspector came out and issued the ticket.MORE NEWS: Police In Denver Collect Unwanted Medications On National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Benítez said he plans on fighting the ticket, and will appear for his November court date.