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North Carolina Highway Patrol Bags Driver Going 198 MPH

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. – The North Carolina Highway Patrol has bagged a driver for nearly breaking 200 mph. To be exact, the man reached 198 mph, much to the amazement of many.

Indeed, that was the speed reached by a driver in Wake County last month on US-1 near the Triangle Expressway. But let’s be honest, troopers didn’t exactly catch the driver, they had the assistance of YouTube.

That’s right, bragging about illegal conquests on social media has once again led to trouble for a young man.

William Jefferson, 22, was behind the wheel during the feat. As a result, he has since been charged with street racing and reckless driving, reported ABC11 Eyewitness News.

“It’s one reason why I don’t want my kids on the roads late at night,” said Maryanne McAdams, a mother from Holly Springs. “I don’t have a driver yet—we’re about a year away but it’s that kind of stuff that makes me really nervous.”

North Carolina State Highway Patrol said somebody sent them the seven-minute YouTube clip as part of a complaint.

The video shows Jefferson in his Dodge Challenger “Hellcat” driving nearly 130 mph over the speed limit on US-1. In addition, the video shows Jefferson take the car over 100 in a 40 mph zone.

The clip starts with the car doing “doughnuts” in a parking lot before moving to a clip of Jefferson with his hood open at a nearby Sheetz, according to the report.

“I don’t think that road is particularly dangerous but anybody going 198 mph and it’s going to be particularly dangerous,” McAdams said. “It’s really a miracle that nobody was hurt or killed in that.”

Jefferson has a clean record except for a few traffic violations.

Law Enforcement Today recently reported the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is in hot water over the purchase of a Hellcat muscle car of their own.

The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to pay back $69,258 that it received from a federal program that distributes seized drug money to law enforcement agencies, which was used to buy the 707 hp Dodge Charger Hellcat in May.

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The Department of Justice described the purchase as an “extravagant expenditure,” which is not allowed under the program. (Gwinnett County Sheriff)

One sticking point appears to be the black muscle car is being used as Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway’s official car. As a result, the DOJ insists this differs from the use stated in the application for the funds as an “undercover/covert operations” vehicle.

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Moreover, the federal agency described it as an “extravagant expenditure,” which is not allowed under the program.

The department has also used the car to promote a “Beat the Heat” community outreach program, where citizens get to race against police officers on drag strips and are taught about the dangers of street racing and distracted driving. 

Nevertheless, the feds are crying foul.

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