YouTuber Fined $53,000 For Ram 1500 TRX Jump Over Creek!

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Charges StreetSpeed717 For Jump...

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.

StreetSpeed717 launching his 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. (StreetSpeed717).
StreetSpeed717 launching his 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. (StreetSpeed717).

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.

StreetSpeed717 launching his 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. (StreetSpeed717).
StreetSpeed717 launching his 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. (StreetSpeed717).

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.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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It will take some digging to find the video again, but the actual reason he got the book thrown at him wasn't due to jumping across the creek. It was because in one of the videos, he drove through the creek (following the water, instead of fording/crossing the stream). There are specific laws and regulations in almost every state about proper and improper water driving.

Had he forded or crossed the creek, even at a diagonal, he would have been fine. But the video showed him driving down the creek without the intent of crossing.

Here is the specific law for PA that he violated:

"§ 2501. Misuse of property and waters.

(a) General rule.--It is unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts in or along any waters or lands adjacent to or contiguous to waters within or bordering on this Commonwealth:
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(6) Run any vehicle, except fording in the most direct manner, in any stream."

Basically he hooned in the water and got caught. Had he not done that, there wouldn't have been anything to cite him for.

He was definitely being made an example as a deterrent for others, as that is a huge fine for the type of infraction.

However, it is a reminder that offroading is not a "do whatever you want with no consequence" activity.

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