Man Fined Over $50k For Driving Ram 1500 TRX In His Own Back Yard

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This seems a little extreme.

The Ram 1500 TRX is an insanely enjoyable vehicle. In fact, it's so good that one of our team members had more fun with it than any other car he drove this year. Even Tesla recognizes its greatness and is said to be secretly benchmarking its Cybertruck against the HEMI-powered super truck. In the right hands, it's an epic off-roader and one of the most exciting vehicles you can buy, but in the wrong hands, things don't always go so well. Just ask the guy who got his TRX stuck in a body of water. He's not the only person who probably shouldn't be behind the wheel, as one TRX owner has now been ordered to pay $53,000 for damaging the environment, although it turns out that this was totally unintentional.

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Street Speed 717/YouTube

As you can see from the title of the above video, the YouTuber who owns this TRX has been in trouble with the law for his videos showing extreme off-road activity. If you haven't come across the story before, Michael Hyssong performed some wild stunts in his TRX, including some massive jumps over a creek. Later, he fitted huge mud tires to the truck and drove through the creek, which seems innocent enough - except Pennsylvania's Fish and Boat Commission came across the videos and sent inspectors to the sites of the stunts. They determined that 18 crimes had been committed, resulting in Hysson going to court and being ordered to pay $53,000 in restitution.

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It seems extreme considering that the videos were filmed on private property, but Pennsylvania state law considers all "legally navigable" streams and rivers public property. The creek that Hyssong drove through is called Doe Run Creek and is considered navigable, meaning that a boat could travel on it. Thus, the Keystone state's Fish and Boat Commission was fully within its rights to penalize Hyssong.

According to reports, Hyssong has already paid the damages and is looking to get his criminal record expunged, saying that he "had no idea it was illegal to drive through a creek" and has "never even littered" because he's not "the type to destroy natural resources."

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Source Credits: York Daily Record

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