Indiana State Trooper Tames Hellcat as Driver Said He Was Trying to Get to Maryland
160 Mile Per Hour on the Indiana Toll Road
LaPorte County, Indiana – The Indiana State Police report that a reckless driver was in a big hurry to get to Maryland.
Police say that a Dodge Challenger Hellcat was tamed on the Indiana Toll Road on Tuesday evening for driving 160 miles per hour, over twice the speed limit.
On March 20, 2018, around 7:00 p.m., Trooper Dustin Eggert was merging back into traffic after helping a broke down motorist near the 45-mile marker eastbound when an Orange Dodge Challenger Hellcat passed him at a high rate of speed. Eggert purportedly saw the Hellcat weaving in and out of traffic without using turn signals as it moved around slower vehicles.
Eggert sped up to catch up to the Hellcat and soon found himself driving 150 miles per hour as the Hellcat continued to pull away. Due to the high speed of the Hellcat, Eggert radioed ahead for other troopers to watch for it. Eggert caught up to the Hellcat after it got caught behind two semis that were driving next to each other.
Eggert made the traffic stop near the 56-mile marker, approximately seven miles east of the LaPorte exit. The driver of the Hellcat, identified as J. Jesus Duran Sandoval, age 38 of Lake Geneva, WI, was allegedly driving on an expired driver’s license. Sandoval told Eggert he was driving a bit more than 160 miles per hour and just trying to get to Maryland.
Sandoval was arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving and taken to the LaPorte County Jail.
This is the second incident in the last two weeks of drivers driving over 130 miles per hour on the Indiana Toll Road. A crash at these speeds would be catastrophic. The Indiana State Police is dedicated to traffic enforcement on Indiana’s roads and will take necessary action.