22-Year-Old Tracked Down After Hitting 198 MPH In Dodge Challenger Hellcat

If you had access to a performance car when you were young(er), you probably did some stupid things with it. Heck, this writer certainly did.

However, driving a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat at 198 mph (318 km/h) on a public road? That brings a whole new meaning to the word ‘reckless’. It recently happened in North Carolina.

ABC 11 reports that 22-year-old William Jefferson is the proud owner of a 707 hp Hellcat and thought he’d take it to its performance limits under the cover of darkness. For some reason, he decided to film his antics and before long, the clip landed on YouTube, getting Jefferson is seriously hot water.

The incriminating clip shows Jefferson doing almost 130 mph (209 km/h) over the speed limit in Wake County on the US-1 near the Triangle Expressway. Footage also shows the 22-year-old doing more than 100 mph (160 km/h) in a 40 mph (64 km/h) zone and putting the camera up to his dash when it reads an extraordinary 198 mph.

As if that wasn’t enough, the video also shows Jefferson doing donuts in the muscle car.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, they were shown the footage by someone who filed a complaint against Jefferson. Before long, he was arrested and charged with street racing and reckless driving.

Jefferson’s actions are beyond stupid. While we here at Carscoops love fast cars just as much as anyone, driving at these speeds on public roads anywhere other than the Autobahn is just asking for trouble. While some experienced motorist may be able to control a car at such speeds, you have no control over what other drivers may do. In short, please don’t repeat these kinds of antics.


  • Jay

    It sucks, they sell these cars to people and many don’t have the common sense to keep the high speeds confined to a dragstrip or a racetrack. The need for speed is real. Something should be done at a higher level to limit the cars top speed when driving on public roads.

    • Adilos Nave

      Maybe speed limiters? Seriously, who ever NEEDS to go over 90mph? I could see some scenarios like being chased by a maniac or rushing to the hospital but beyond that, why? In normal everyday driving it seems that going from 30mph to highway speed is where you benefit most from more horsepower.

      • Mike Guzik

        Why should the cars be limited? What happened to being responsible for our own actions? By that logic, we should only sell beer one can at a time because who needs 12 or 24 at a time? The safety systems on cars nowadays a great and really help save lives, but due to all that, no one knows how to really drive or react if they don’t have all that (ABS, traction control, ETC). Sorry, I don’t agree about the speed limiters. More training & education would be a better use of time & money. Maybe we should require kids take a defensive driving course when taking drivers training instead of getting lost in social media.

        • Man Armstrong

          I agree

        • Timothy Votaw

          Dead nuts on!! These punks have no concept of safe and courteous driving. I see it every day, all day. Driver ed has to be a mandate for licensing. Innocent people’s lives now depend on it. And the same issue with the illegal immigrants getting licenses, then turned loose on our roads. Many do NOT have a clue. Many accident scenes prove it, just open the eyes.

        • Carl Sloan

          These A-holes put us all at risk. You’ll change your tune as soon as one of them kills your mom.

          • Mike Guzik

            Carl, You are right about them putting us at risk, but I still don’t agree with limits for everyone. More training and more education is the answer in my humble opinion.

          • Carl Sloan

            You think more training would keep this A-hole from attempting 200mph on public roads? You think you can train an A-hole to not be an A-hole? Really? Do you know what a sociopath is?

    • doncorneo

      We just need roads where we can safely travel at highest rates of speeds.
      The reason the autobahn is so safe compared to US highways is because the so-called “safe drivers” are banned from driving on it. People who do not feel safe driving at a high rate of speed are the ones who create the dangers of driving fast. Remove the “safe drivers” and you remove the dangers.

  • Mr. EP9

    Reminds me of smokey Nagata when he did 197 in that Supra.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    The charges just gave him street cred.

  • Bash

    I don’t know what he was thinking in the first place. I can imagine and understands the need for speed feeling and blood rush or whatever. But in the end of the day, this is just plain sad.

  • Big Black Duck

    I’d say just create a toll highway with unlimited speed and only give access to people who earn a special high speed license. Win Win

  • Timothy Votaw

    WHY am I not surprised? You gotta wonder where the money comes from for a 22 yr. old punk with evidently no sense to be behind the wheel of a Hellcat, presumably owning it? I sure do.

    • Carl Sloan

      Prolly selling drugs. William Jefferson is a negro.

    • Carl Sloan

      Don’t you ever watch Drugs, Inc?
      He’s black.

  • Bunny7

    I want one so bad!!

  • Young Pharaoh

    Only reason is because he black

    • Liam Paul

      oh give me a break, white or black, he was a fool that could had killed a innocent person on the road. I would call this person a fool as well if he was white.. what he did was reckless

      • doncorneo

        You can kill an innocent person while driving under 1 mph, so driving fast is not a problem when you don’t have to worry about “safe drivers” creating dangerous conditions on the road. He did it late at night when it appears the is virtually nobody on the road.
        Had the video not given the cops the information they needed to talk him down, we would never have known he did this.
        Highways would be much safer if we restricted drivers who are scared to drive at 198 mph from driving on them, similar to one of the safest highways in the World, the autobahn.

  • Nic Godfrey

    Snitches get stitches…what ever happened to that…I had my R/T up to 165 in Montana…I have also taken it to the track on more than one occasion

    • doncorneo

      I’ve had my 76 T/A up to 198. It is a rush to be floating at those speeds. And it can be safely done, even in certain traffic conditions.
      I’ve had my 72 Vista Cruiser topped out at 124.
      Unfortunately my 08 Ram 1500 4.7l had an rpm limiter, though I have not actually topped it out, I have been over 120 in it. I guess I’ll have to try it one day.
      My 10 Forester also has a rpm limiter, which again I have not topped out, but have had it up to 100.
      Anything built in the US that has fuel injection since the 90s has a rpm limiter in it. The question is what is the limiter is set at.

      • Nic Godfrey

        I have had my crotch rocket up to 196, couldn’t get it any faster…it was a blast.

  • :/ Yurr

    Hmmph crazy, engine light is on because its FCA.

    • Nic Godfrey

      It is probably on because of his O2 sensor. He likely modified his exhaust and took off the cats.

  • karmat

    Sounded good ripping by

  • Bebo

    If he didn’t post it on YouTube then some super moral tight wad wouldn’t have narked on him. I hope he learned his lesson.

  • Chilly8

    He should have used a VPN when posting, to hide his IP address so he could not be traced.

  • Brandon Loomis

    Please don’t repeat these antics but thanks for making us money by us creating this clickbait made possible by these antics.

  • Shahul Usman

    go to the drag strip or a track day to get it out of your system

  • Lawrence Eich

    I can’t really knock him to much I was guilty of driving way to fast also, however mine was Junk by Comparison! How does a 22 year old afford a $70,000 ride??? Lucky Kid or Entrepreneur?

    • FlameWater

      Got his loan from the bank of mom and dad

    • Kagan

      70 grand ain’t to much especially not in the rest of the world. If you have a standard payed job you can afford it despite many don’t have the gots but want to show them selves to have it!

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  • Wandering_Spirit

    An almost deserted highway stretch at night. Doesn’t seem all this bad. At all. And it’s not like one does that everyday. Na in this case i am not with the bigots. Next time maybe. That tool with the Subaru passing cars near turns was much worse. That guy should have his license taken away. This one not. Not for this.

  • Kagan

    Well stupids if you make and sell cars for a thefty amount you can count that people want to use them!

  • xDRAN0x

    Same reason so many STIs, Evos & whatnot end un in the ditch. Very sad

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