2021 began with a bang for many reasons, but a YouTuber who jumped his 2021 Ram TRX may have created the biggest one for the automotive world. We’ve already covered the initial jump and the damage that followed shortly after, but now it appears the owner is having yet more issues as a result of his stunts with the super truck. Only this time, it’s not the truck that’s in trouble, but Street Speed 717 himself, as he’s facing 18 criminal charges in response to his antics. The man, Mike Hyssong, even sold the Ram TRX after filming nine videos with it, but it didn’t get him out of the trouble.
All of the charges come from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, who work to protect the state’s natural waterways. The charges are also all filled under the Title 30 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, called “Protection of Property and Waters.” The Drive reports these charges were actually filed before the Commission saw the videos, but they conveniently provide all the evidence they need. Here are the specifics:
- Two counts of Disturbance of Waterways and Watersheds
- Six counts of Pollution of Waters
- Six counts of Littering
- Four counts of Misuse of Property and Waters
Add it all up, and Hyssong is looking at eight third-degree misdemeanor charges, four second-degree summary offenses, and six first-degree summary offenses. It’s pretty serious, but nothing that would send him to jail. One of the most obvious, as The Drive notes, is the Misuse of Property and Waters. This statute says one must cross a waterway in the most direct way possible. Hyssong has three videos in which he drives his 2021 Ram TRX along a river for some time, rather than right across it.
Hyssong said he never intended harm when filming the videos, and argues that the fact he was on private property means his lawyers can probably work something out. But whether he meant to do all of the offenses he’s charged with or not, the fact is the commission felt there was enough to charge him with quite a few wrongdoings from his Ram TRX videos.
It’s also up for debate on whether these nature destruction related charges are overblown, but he can’t deny his driving left the area in the same condition it was originally. Penalties for these kinds of charges are usually fines to repair the damages to the environment and fish stocks. Time will tell to see if he can work it out, but Hyssong certainly learned his lesson that some things you do for the clicks can still have consequences. Check out Street Speed 717’s explanation of the scenario below: