Grandpa hugs car and drives home after reporter finds his ride

The 71-year-old Chicago area grandpa and handyman could not remember where he parked it on July 4th when he stopped in D.C. to show his granddaughter the sights.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Leonard Faircloth was so happy to see his car today that he hugged and kissed it.
 
The 71-year-old Chicago area grandpa and handyman could not remember where he parked it on the fourth of July when he stopped in DC to show his granddaughter the sights.
 
But we helped him find it, and on Friday Faircloth flew back here from Chicago to drive it home.

He had paid $10 thousand dollars for the Lexus July 3. He parked it in a garage near the White House and took his granddaughter Jaeleen out to look at the city. But when it was time to go get the car, he couldn't remember the address. And the claim check didn't help.

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"I guess that's getting old," he said. There was no address, no phone number, and no company name on the claim check.

After four fruitless days wandering the city looking for the garage, he and Jaeleen gave up and flew home to Chicago.
 
His wife reached out to WUSA9, and we suggested they check a hidden feature in Google Maps on his smartphone, a feature that tracks everywhere you've been and charts it by date and time.

"All the places we stopped at were right there on Google timeline," he said. "And if it wasn't for you. I'd be waiting for the police to call me."

Faircloth was so excited when he finally got to the Lexus, he just kept hugging it. "Oh, baby I love you. Let's go on a trip. Let's go to Chicago."

So what does he do now? "Maybe go park somewhere, take a walk around DC"

But Jaeleen has told him not get out of the car. Don't stop. Just go home. We still don't know if he listened.

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"Ok. Daylight!" was the last thing we heard from him as he drove out of the garage.

Because Faircloth is a vet, the Nation Parking garage agreed to waive the fee for leaving the car there for over a week. Faircloth is hoping DC will cut him a break on the $250 dollar ticket a parking enforcement officer left on the Lexus for overstaying its welcome.

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He estimates his misadventure has already cost him a thousand dollars in flights, hotels, and other expenses.
 

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