In just two short weeks, 22-year-old Dakota Eckmann went from owning a brand new Dodge Challenger Hellcat, to smashing it into a utility pole while trying to evade police. If you’re a young man under the age of 25 and you wonder why your auto insurance is so expensive, this is one of the reasons why.
Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes made a statement to the Tribune, explaining that a police officer began to pursue the Challenger Hellcat after witnessing the vehicle weave through traffic at a high rate of speed on Route 12 in Wauconda, Illinois. The officer fell behind after needing to make a U-turn, but an off-duty officer reported seeing the red Hellcat pass him along the shoulder at about 100 miles per hour before exiting the highway.
Eckmann ended up losing control and smashing into the aforementioned utility pole in front of the Volo Auto Museum. Authorities arrived at the scene in less than a minute, and Eckmann was charged with two felony counts of aggravated attempt to elude, speeding, reckless driving, and to top it off, possession of drug paraphernalia.
While the Challenger Hellcat was totaled, Eckmann didn’t sustain any life-threatening injuries, and Chief Wermes said it was surprising that he didn’t, considering the condition of the vehicle and the rate of speed at which he was driving.
As they say, “there is no such thing as bad publicity.”
Source: The Drive