Designed to outperform every other production half-ton pickup on the market, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has been the most talked-about pickup of 2021. But back in January, one YouTuber was able to be one of the first people to get his truck delivered and it wasn’t soon after that some crazy antics began.
Michael Hyssong, also known as StreetSpeed717, jumped his brand-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX over a small creek, and damage ensued. The Ram 1500 TRX, proved that it could still run and drive as normal after the massive landing, despite damage to the front bumper, front shock reservoir mounts, a broken rear window, damaged tailgate, and broken front fenders.
Soon after he lit the truck on fire, installed massive 44-inch tires on it with some help from some wheel spacers, crushed some cars, and then sold the truck for $20,000 to his “friends” who were supposed to fix it. But then those friends turned around and sold it on Copart for a $42,000 profit. Since then, he has bought another TRX, matching his original one.
After the initial video went viral, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission brought 18 criminal charges against him for his jump video after an anonymous tipster sent a complaint to the state Game Commission’s Operation Game Thief tip line.
The charges included 2 counts of disturbance of waterways and watersheds, 6 counts of pollution of waters, 6 counts of littering near waters, and 4 counts of running a vehicle in a stream, despite the stunt being done on private property.
Since then, the original video was taken down. Now, according to the York Daily Record, Hyssong was recently ordered to pay $53,000 in restitution.
“I had no idea it was illegal to drive through a creek,” Hyssong said to the York Daily Record. “I’m an outdoors guy. I hike and I’ve never even littered in my life. I’m not the type to destroy natural resources. I won’t be driving in a creek anytime soon.”
As per Pennsylvania state law, all “legally navigable” streams and rivers are considered public property by the law. The creek, known as “Doe Run Creek” according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is considered a navigable waterway.
To read more about the ordeal, you visit the York Daily Record website for the entire article.