The stay-at-home orders that are in place across the country have left millions of Americans stuck indoors. Whether it be a result of family members getting on their nerves or just some cabin fever, people have been turning to the roads as a means of escape. For one Dodge SRT Hellcat owner in Michigan, this resulted in a speeding ticket that he won’t forget: 180 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Michigan State Police tweeted out a photo on April 19th of one of the biggest tickets we’ve ever seen, clocking the driver at 110 mph over the limit in Monroe County. The supercharged muscle car was heading southbound on I-75 near Sigler Road in Berlin Township when it was stopped by law enforcement at 11:45 p.m., meaning the driver was damn near the Ohio border.
While the MSP have since deleted the tweet that followed the incident, we do know a few things about what took place. For starters, we know that the car in question is a black 2016 Dodge model, most likely a SRT Hellcat variant. That is because all of the lesser Charger and Challengers top out well below 180 mph, including the SRT Scat Pack cars, which are limited to 175 mph. While it is possible that the car in question was a fifth-gen Dodge Viper, there are simply a lot more SRT Hellcats out on the road.
According to Dodge, the Challenger SRT Hellcat tops out at 199 mph, while its four-door Charger SRT Hellcat sibling will reach up to 204 mph. If you’ve ever watched a video of one of these cars pulling hard, or had the pleasure of riding in one, you know that these cars approach those speeds rather quickly. As capable as these Dodge muscle cars are, there is no real way to justify this type of behavior, regardless if the roads are the emptiest they’ve been in a while. It’s not worth the risk.
The driver did apologize for his actions with the following statement in the remarks section of the ticket: “My fault. I was speeding with another vehicle. I’m sorry.”