Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat's driver goes from 158 mph to Indiana jail

Article by Christian A., on April 18, 2017

Imagine you are the new owner of a 707hp pure American muscle car - the temptation to test it will nag at you endlessly. You want to test the ultimate speed of your newly acquired vehicle and hearing it roar will probably send your adrenaline to new heights. Moreover, the urge to show off to your friends is undoubtedly unavoidable. All these might make you think that it’s justified to overspeed and test your limits.

But then again, take lessons from what happened to Christopher Garza, who upon driving nearly 160 miles per hour (258 kph) on the streets of Gary, Indiana was duly apprehended and went to another venue instead: the Lake County Jail.

Around 1:30 on a Friday Morning, Indiana State Trooper Alaa Hamed was tasked to monitor the roads at the side of the highway in the city of Gary, Indiana when he spotted a vehicle coming in hot with its speed intensifying as it came nearer to the Trooper, according to a press release by the Indiana State Police. The said State Trooper clocked the Dodge Challenger Hellcat at 158 mph on his rear facing radar, 151 mph as it swooped him.

Officer Hamed also noticed that the sports car appeared to increase its speed even further. Moreover, the police raced for more than 2 miles to be able to catch up and apprehend Mr Garza. The police officer saw afterwards that Mr Gaza had 2 passengers with him in the vehicle. He told the police officer that he only recently bought the sports car and wanted to show off to his friends.. He acknowledged to the officer that he knows he was nearing 160 mph, and also revealed that he thought that the barren toll road at night time would be the best venue to try out his speedster. Bad idea, dude. The officer didn't buy his reasoning and booked Mr Garza for reckless driving. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was welcomed in a temporary shelter- the police impound lot. What a shame.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one "hell" of a sports car. Around 2015, Forbes labelled the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as the "America's most powerful car" with a claimed top speed of an estimated 199 mph. It is fitted with a 6.2 L HEMI SRT V8 engine that can power up to 707hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, according to Dodge.

The 2015 variant can accelerate from 0 to 60 without any problem in just 3 seconds, reaching a quarter mile in 11 seconds. Placed on full throttle, it can utilize a gallon and a half of gas per minute. Bearing a price tag of over $64,000, the latest 2017 model offers incredible value for your money. Another power vehicle, the 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT with 305hp can be yours for $26,995.

Mr Garza is spending his post-speed trashing in the Lake County Jail and will be facing a jail time of 180 days and a possible $1,000 fine.


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