CHICAGO (CBS) — On Friday, Chicago attorney C. Barry Montgomery was one of the blizzard-bested drivers on Lake Shore Drive who still hadn’t been reunited with his abandoned vehicle — until he told his story to CBS 2.
Montgomery was one of the 900 motorists stranded Tuesday and early Wednesday during the historic snowstorm that locked up the outer drive.
“It was a frightening thing, it really was,” Montgomery said.
At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, he decided to leave his luxury car, hop a fence and catch a cab home. Quite a luxury car it was: a black 2005 Mercedes-Benz S500 Sedan with a Wisconsin license plate, 560BKJ.
Three days later, he still hadn’t found his vehicle, which cost $90,000 new, and the city didn’t seem to know where it was. Montgomery thought it may have been stolen.
But when his story aired Friday on the CBS 2 10 p.m. news, the attorney was in luck. A viewer watching the newscast recalled surveying the snowed-in Montrose Harbor area and coming across the Mercedes. He called the CBS 2 assignment desk, which contacted reporter Mike Parker.
Bingo. In a live shot less than 30 minutes after his original story aired, Parker confirmed the car and license plate matched.