New Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Owner Arrested After Doing 158Mph

A Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat driver quickly went from 0 to 158mph (254km/h) directly to jail, after showing off the HEMI’s capabilities to his friends.

Trooper Alaa Hamed spotted the 30-year old man, identified later as Christopher Garza, earlier this month, at 1:31 am, on Friday morning, on the Indiana Toll Road, Nixle reports, coming from behind him, at a high rate of speed.

The officer activated his radar and tracked the muscle car doing 158mph (254km/h) in a 70mph (113km/h) zone, while a second reading showed 151mph (243km/h). Hamed switched on the emergency lights and started pursuing the Hellcat, catching up with it a few miles later.

Confronting the reckless driver, the trooper found out that he had just purchased the muscle car, and was trying to show his two friends, who were passengers in the Challenger, what 707hp and 650lb-ft (881Nm) of torque could do, and on paper, this means 0-60mph (96km/h) in 3.6sec, and 204mph (328km/h).

Moreover, he also felt like the Indiana Toll Road was the safest place to test the performance of his Hellcat, but for his actions, he was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving, while his prized possession was towed away.


  • KidRed

    Pro tip: When buying such a car, bring a radar detector will you for the drive home.

    • ChrisInIL

      Pro tip: When buying such a car, don’t assume you have the slightest idea you know how to handle a car at over 100 mph, and don’t ever – EVER – drive it like that on a public road. “Public” means anyone can use it, so yeah – there are other drivers there. Experienced drivers, inexperienced drivers, young drivers, old drivers, large vehicles, small vehicles, etc. Most are just trying to get from point A to point B, and shouldn’t have to worry about morons with the need to overcompensate.

      • thomas maynard

        Because the roadway is completely filled with people in the middle of the night… I wouldn’t go so far as to say what this guy did was ok, but at least he knew well enough to find a deserted section of roadway to do it on. In fact, I’d say this guy is far less of a threat to the average motorist than just about every other driver that decides texting and driving is a perfectly ok habit, but they don’t go to jail for that do they.

        • ChrisInIL

          The Nixle report indicates the road was devoid of traffic in both directions, except for the Indiana state trooper he passed at more than double the speed limit.

          If he knew that the Indiana Toll Road at 1:30 in the morning was the right time to test his car’s limits, do you think he knew enough to scout it out to make sure the roadway was empty? Or do you think he started at a specific point and just ramped up his speed, completely oblivious to what traffic may or may not have been ahead of him?

        • TotallyDisqusted

          Even with your brights on, you are outdriving your headlights at 158 mph. I have trouble outdriving mine topping out at a much lower speed at our local track.

          • Status

            “Outdriving your headlights”? I had to google that one. I get the gist of it, and I agree with the reasoning behind it. But the wording is all wrong; “outdriving your headlights” makes it sound like a car traveling 158mph is going faster than the speed of light.

  • kachuks

    He obviously doesn’t know how to use the all 707 hp yet.

    • Jay

      Lol i was thinking the same on why they didn’t just out run them. But the safest thing was to pull over.

  • Michael_66589

    In many european countries for this offence he could get 150 $ and thats all. Thats riduculus that I was driving faster in Europe in underpowered rental Nissan Note 1.2 than 5.7 Dodge Charger in States.

    • Adilos Nave

      Think you might have the units confused. He was going 254 KILOMETERS per hour and don’t believe a Nissan note could achieve that even with a strong tailwind.

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      that’s not true. You get suspended from driving and pay way more than 150 euros worth – even in the poor eastern countries.

      In western Europe the rules are even harder, I remember a dude had his SLR impounded and had to pay ~800.000 euro as a fine.

      Also what @evansolida:disqus said, those are mph not kmh. There’s slim chance a rental 1.2 Note would even get near 160 km/h, let alone over 250 km/h

      • Michael_66589

        I didnt wrote that I was driving 250 km/h in nissan note, but 140-160 km/h which is much faster than 60 or 70 mph. While driving in North America cars with big engines (Charger, 300, Mustang, RAM 1500) I have never reached more than 120 km/h in Canada and similar numbers in States.

        • Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

          Upper-80s/mid-90s isn’t THAT much faster than 70 MPH.

          IOW, I likely was in that range on my commute, today…in traffic, and I wasn’t passing everyone.

        • gary4205

          Dude, in Texas we have highways with 85 mph speed limits. You get a 5 mph grace, which means 90 mph. People drive faster. A lot faster.

          • Luminous Flux

            That 5 mile grace is not a real thing. That’s just you being an entitled bitch again. And on that Interstate that has an 80-80mph, theres state troopers ever few miles trying to keep people BELOW 90 mph. 5 mile grace….LMAO, that’s fake bullshit and you know it.

  • Panhead

    He wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last.

  • nastinupe

    Should have just out run him. It was dark, get off the freeway, turn off your lights and make a few turns and you’re good.

    • S3XY

      Wonderful advice. That’s even more reckless. You must a be mature intelligent high IQ adult.

      • nastinupe

        We truly need a sarcasm button for people like S3XY

  • Craig

    If there were no other cars around and the road was bone dry. And if the driver was sober and NOT under the influence of anything. Than dragging him off the jail does NOT server the public interest.

  • Craig

    For the record – only the Charger Hellcat can get up to 204 mph. The top speed for the Challenger Hellcat is 199 mph.

  • Jerry Hightower

    I knew it wouldn’t take long! I’m sure his insurance company is happy with him.

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      best pals

  • S3XY


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