Texas Highway Patrol adds seized 1,080-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat to Pursuit fleet

According Click 2 Houston. Already enforcing a multi-departmental crackdown on street racing, the DPS reportedly called the location of the vehicle and headed for the intercept.

While the chase proved too dangerous to sustain on the ground, with the Hellcat apparently reaching speeds of around 160 mph, the DPS aircraft followed the car as its driver passed through populated areas. Eventually the car ran out of fuel and its driver tried to flee on foot. Eventually, they were arrested on charges of criminal escape, as well as unlawful possession of a weapon due to the discovery of a .40 caliber Glock 22 handgun in the passenger seat.

State troopers sought to seize the Hellcat through civil forfeiture laws and received the car Jan. 25 from the Harris County prosecutor’s office. While the Hellcat Redeye produces 797 horsepower, the DPS claims this particular car produces 1,080 horsepower, suggesting the vehicle has been tuned. That’s certainly overkill for this Dodge’s future role in traffic control, because 1,080 hp will never be the difference between catching a suspect and letting him go. It does mean, however, that this car, along with its other “phantom camaros”, will one day be the star of one hell of a surplus auction. Should it survive long enough to be sold, ie.

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