A defendant in an Illinois court left so he could add more time to his parking meter and eat lunch.

Luckily, I haven't been in trouble with the law very often. I've had a couple of speeding tickets. Even though I'm not an expert, I do understand that being in court is very serious. Respect for the judge and proceedings are mandatory. If anyone breaks those rules, it's only going to add to their legal issues.

With the number of times this suspect has been in court, I would think he would have a better understanding of how the system works.

According to pjstar.com,

"Time expired for a defendant who left a Peoria County courtroom to feed a parking meter and grab some grub."

"A Peoria man arrived at the courthouse for hearings on two pending charges. However, when the judge called his name to appear before the bench, he had vanished. Forty-five minutes later, he reappeared in the courtroom. When the judge asked why he had left, the man said, “I had to go put money in the meter. When the judge asked why the task took 45 minutes, the man replied, “I also went an got some food with my girlfriend."

The judge had him arrested for failing to appear in court. By the way, he had eleven previous charges for the same thing.

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