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New Dodge Challenger Hellcat Owner Arrested After Driving 158 MPH in a 70 MPH Zone

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Once this baby hits 158 mph, you’re going to see some serious jail time

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one very impressive vehicle. With a 707-horsepower performance and a top speed of 199 mph, it is one of the most powerful models currently on the road.

Therefore, it might be somewhat tempting to test the limits of the Hellcat’s performance capabilities. One driver near Gary, Indiana, couldn’t quite resist that temptation.

In fact, he ended up being arrested for going 158 mph in a 70 mph zone.


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Around 1:30am last Friday, Indiana State Trooper Alaa Hamed was sitting in his police car at the crossover of an Indiana Toll Road. All of the sudden, he caught a glimpse of a car rapidly approaching along the road.

Hamed reached for his stationary radar as the vehicle passed. When he clocked the rapidly-passing vehicle, the radar read 158 mph.

Maybe he just accidentally clocked the Road Runner?
Photo: Warner Bros.

Hamed then activated his car’s lights and sirens and caught up with the Dodge Challenger, which was now decreasing in speed. Behind the wheel of the vehicle was Christopher Garza, a resident of Chicago.

Garza had recently purchased the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and he was eager to show off its performance capabilities to two of his friends, who were also in the vehicle at the time. Garza stated that he thought the Indiana Toll Road would be the safest place to do so.


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Of course, he made a most grievous error in choosing the road as his own personal drag-strip. Garza was arrested for reckless driving, and his brand-new Challenger was towed away.

Let this be a lesson for any Hellcat drivers. Just because you can go 199 mph, it doesn’t mean that you should attempt to do so.

Source: Everbridge Nixle