On Thursday, a 1,000-horsepower Dodge Challenger muscle car that was destined to take the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center this week for SEMA 2019 was reported stolen to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The Challenger was built by Quintin Brothers Auto and Performance out of Williston, Vermont as a show car for ProCharger. This alone would make the news, but what transpired next is what truly makes this story seem like it comes from the pages of a movie script.
According to the News 3LV report, the Mopar in question was sitting inside of a box trailer located in one of the overflow parking lots at the Main Street Station Casino when it was taken, with the keys inside. After engaging in a chase with four patrol cars, an NHP Trooper followed the hot Challenger in to one of the parking garages outside the Rio Hotel and Casino. Before the law enforcement officer could exit his patrol car and approach the vehicle, the thief threw the Dodge Challenger in reverse and used the land-yacht as a makeshift battering ram. Thankfully the Trooper was uninjured in the fray, with the whole event being captured on his dashcam and casino security footage.
The gray Challenger then fled the parking structure before becoming involved in a chase with 14 patrol cars on the interstate. Despite the numbers advantage being on the side of the Police, the 1,000 horsepower Dodge was just too quick to catch. The Mopar was later discovered abandoned outside The Boulevard Mall. The man who stole the muscle car is still at large at this time. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, heavyset, with a goatee, under six feet tall, last seen wearing a red #32 San Francisco 49ers football jersey with khaki shorts.
ProCharger seems to be taking the incident in stride, as the 1,000 horsepower Dodge Challenger will be displayed at this week’s SEMA show rocking all of the damage it withstood during the chase, as shown via the photos that were uploaded onto Facebook. Officer Adam Whitmarsh from the Highway Patrol, the driver of that Explorer rammed by the perp, is scheduled to appear ProCharger booth at SEMA on Tuesday.