By now, we all know what the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is capable of. This car is the thing legends are made of, sure, we all get it, and we know it would be real hard to get behind the wheel of one without acting up, but if you are going to let out on one, maybe find a better place to do so than an Indiana toll road. In case you aren’t aware, cops love toll roads — they tend to patrol them pretty heavily and don’t exactly sit out in the open. So, you can imagine that this situation was pretty easy to see coming from a mile away, probably exactly like the Indiana State Police Trooper did — a driver was pulled over for driving over 160 miles per hour in his Hellcat, and no one is that shocked.
The driver of the Challenger Hellcat is a 36 year old Wisconsin man who explained to the police that he was just trying to get to Maryland — oh, that certainly clears things up, and we’re sure at this point he was about to be let go with a warning, sure. Even if the cop was the worst officer on the planet, the driver still wasn’t getting away with that excuse because the driver was so bold that he had an expired driver’s license.
It all started when State Trooper Dustin Eggert was merging into traffic after helping a stranded motorist just a few minutes earlier. As he was getting over, a Hellcat blew past him, probably with a newly developed ulcer over the horrible life decision he just made.
“Eggert purportedly saw the Hellcat weaving in and out of traffic without using turn signals as it moved around slower vehicles,” Sgt. Ted Bohner said in a written statement. “Eggert sped up to catch up to the Hellcat and soon found himself driving 150 miles per hour as the Hellcat continued to pull away.”
After radioing ahead to a fellow officer ahead, Eggert managed to catch up to the Hellcat after it got stuck behind two semi-trucks. The driver was at least smart enough not to try to make a run for it, and pulled over without a fight. He was charged with reckless driving and taken into custody at the scene.
This is, apparently, a common occurrence on this road, with one officer noting this is the second incident of its kind in two weeks — although, they didn’t specify if it was the second incident with a Hellcat or not.
We recall a similar incident making the news almost a year ago with a Hellcat owner going 158 miles per hour on a different stretch of road, and that guy told the cops that he was just trying to cheer his friend up. Last we heard about the situation, this particular guy never showed up for court, after being quite brazen with the police. Boasting that he was okay with facing the music for his actions, he was willing to take the risk to cheer up his buddy, but it turns out he had second thoughts about that.
Listen people, these cars are fun as hell, however, you’re going to keep giving people who are complaining about high-horsepower production cars if you keep this kind of behavior up. Not to mention, if you crash anything at 160 miles an hour, you’re probably not walking away.