COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Parking garage rage caused an impatient driver leaving the underground lot near the Art Institute to blow through a closed gate and drive down Michigan Avenue with a parking lot attendant on his hood, prosecutors said Monday.
Marcus Malweski is accused of driving on South Michigan for a quarter-mile with the attendant on the hood of his 2003 Honda Accord. She eventually fell off, suffering cuts and bruises, prosecutors said.
Malweski, 40, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery in a public place, and separate misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal damage to property. He was ordered held on $90,000 bail Monday.
It happened on Feb. 16 at 325 S. Michigan Ave., a garage run by LAZ parking.
Malweski was in his Honda, waiting to exit the underground garage, when he got irritated that the driver in front of him “was taking too long,” Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said.
Malweski started yelling, and a parking attendant called for a supervisor, she said. The supervisor, a 28-year-old woman, arrived and tried talking to Malweski.
But Malweski just got more upset, Antonietti said.
He put his Honda in drive and blew through a closed parking gate without paying his parking fee. In the process, he hit the supervisor, forcing her onto the hood of his car, Antonietti said.
Instead of stopping, Malweski drove up the parking garage ramp and onto Michigan Avenue with the woman still on his hood. He then kept driving until she fell off, Antonietti said.
The incident was caught on security camera, Antonietti said.
On Sunday, almost three months after the incident, police arrested Malweski at his home in the 600 block of West Irving Park Road, according to court records.
A public defender representing Malweski said Monday the Lakeview man is a military veteran employed as an analyst.