Impounded Dodge ‘Hellcat Redeye’ From Street Racer Turned Into DPS Patrol Vehicle

Impounded Dodge 'Hellcat Redeye' From Street Racer Turned Into DPS Patrol Vehicle

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added a new car to its fleet of Texas Highway Patrol vehicles: a 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

This vehicle was assigned to the department following a felony investigation launched after the driver of the Dodge engaged in dangerous street racing and fled the police at approximately 160 mph. The driver then drove erratically on highways and streets in well-populated areas of Houston, DPS said.

Officials said that around midnight on April 25, 2021, a DPS plane spotted two similar vehicles heading west on I-10 near Gessner Road at the same time that DPS Troopers were engaged in a multi-agency street racing task force. A DPS Trooper attempted to stop the Dodge as it fled from the officer by reporting what they saw of the aircraft to police near the area. During the long chase, which became too dangerous to continue with a flagged patrol vehicle, the DPS aircrew notified officers of the Dodge’s location. The 1,080 horsepower Hellcat Redeye ran out of fuel near I-10 and West Sam Houston Parkway. The driver fled on foot and tried to enter closed buildings in the area while trying to avoid arrest.

The driver was later arrested for dodging a crime. In addition to a evasive charge, the driver was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon — a felony — after a loaded Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun was found in the front passenger seat.

In conjunction with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Troopers began the asset forfeiture process to seize the Dodge due to the egregious nature of this crime. On January 25, 2022, the Challenger was awarded to the state of Texas.

Since then, the Dodge has been converted into a black and white Texas Highway Patrol Vehicle, equipped with emergency lighting and a police radio.

While there are still a few items to be installed, the impounded Dodge Challenger will be used for a variety of law enforcement functions, including traffic and criminal enforcement and community events.

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