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    Indiana State Trooper Hits 150 MPH To Chase Down Speeding Dodge Challenger Hellcat

    The driver of a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gave Indiana State Police one of their fastest chases ever on Tuesday evening after a trooper spotted the high-performance muscle car flying down I-90 and was unable to catch up despite reaching speeds of 150 mph in his pursuit vehicle.

    But as the ISP's gloating news release titled "160 Mile Per Hour Hellcat Tamed On The Indiana Toll Road" hints, the Hellcat driver eventually got his due—which, in this case, is a reckless driving charge. He was reportedly passing through Indiana on his way to Maryland, and while we empathize with the desire to put the hammer down when crossing a Midwestern state, doing 160 mph is actually slower than following the speed limit when you factor in the inevitable night in jail.



    Trooper Dustin Eggert had just finished up assisting a motorist with engine trouble on the side of the Toll Road in LaPorte County at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday when he saw the 707-horsepower Hemi Orange Challenger Hellcat whiz past him at an extremely high rate of speed. Eggert sped up to try and close the gap, and he noticed the Hellcat "continued to pull away" as he reached 150 mph in his own car.
    Keep in mind that this is just after rush hour on a major highway; Eggert noted in his report that the Challenger was bobbing and weaving through normal-speed traffic like it was at a standstill. The impromptu Vanishing Point remake came to an abrupt end a few minutes (and eleven miles) later when the driver got blocked by two side-by-side semi-trucks, at which point Eggert was able to catch up and pull over 38-year-old J. Jesus Duran Sandoval.
    Sandoval admitted that he had been driving "a bit more than 160" and was immediately arrested and taken to the county jail. Believe it or not, he's actually the second Challenger Hellcat driver to get busted for hitting 160 mph on that very road in the last year.
    When these situations come up, it often becomes a question of whether the officer was right to match those dangerous speeds on a public road. All we can say is that Indiana state law gives troopers latitude to exceed the speed limit during a chase "if the person who drives the vehicle does not endanger life or property." Pursuits themselves are only supposed to occur "when the necessity of immediate apprehension clearly outweighs the level of danger created by the pursuit."
    Of course, the driver in this case was already speeding when the officer began to chase him. A reckless maniac weaving through traffic at 160 mph does present an immediate and obvious danger to the public, and chances are police would argue that adding an officer with high-speed training to the mix doesn't increase that danger enough to outweigh the benefits of stopping the offender. It's also worth mentioning that Eggert backed off once he reached 150 mph and radioed ahead to warn other units instead of pushing his car any further.
    And as the Indiana State Police ominously concludes in the release, troopers "will take necessary action" to enforce the rules of the road—something this Hellcat driver won't forget any time soon.



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    The old saying comes to mind: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

    Hope that was nobody on here. Going that fast on an empty road is dangerous enough, let alone with the general public, who most of us know, can't use their mirrors or signal lights, or judge speed and distance accurately. Glad nobody was injured.
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    Interesting.
    I could imagine the guy said proudly "a bit over 160" with a grin on his face.
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    I've seen that article posted on Facebook ... anybody know what the cop was driving?
    I would think that not many cop cars can do 150+, especially if they have roof lights
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe View Post
    I've seen that article posted on Facebook ... anybody know what the cop was driving?
    I would think that not many cop cars can do 150+, especially if they have roof lights
    Probably NOT one of those stupid ford explorers
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    Quote Originally Posted by agoristmike View Post
    Probably NOT one of those stupid ford explorers
    No, I wouldn't think so.
    They weigh almost 5,000 lbs and even with the SHO powertrain I doubt they'd ever do 150 mph.
    I'm thinking it was either a Charger or a Chevy SS

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    Just glad that nobody was hurt, as stated in an earlier post, just because you can doesn't mean you should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe View Post
    No, I wouldn't think so.
    They weigh almost 5,000 lbs and even with the SHO powertrain I doubt they'd ever do 150 mph.
    I'm thinking it was either a Charger or a Chevy SS
    You might be surprised. a friend of mine works at a ford dealership that has a contract for the OPP (Ontario provincial police) and they are not stock they do turn them up a fair bit. how much I don't know.



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