Chicago man charged with driving 158 mph on Indiana Toll Road misses court appearance

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 02:56:22 PM. Christopher Garza, 30, of Chicago, missed his court appearance Monday in Crown Point.

A Chicago man accused of driving his muscle car at 158 mph on the Indiana Toll Road near Gary in April missed his scheduled hearing on the case Monday in .

Christopher Garza, 30, of Chicago, was given a new court date of Feb. 5 to appear before Judge Nicholas Schiralli on his charge of reckless driving, a misdemeanor. It was the first court appearance Garza has missed in the case, according to court records.

A bailiff called his name at the end of the court call Monday afternoon, but there was no response.

Garza was clocked by Indiana State Police traveling 158 mph, and again at 151 mph, in his Hellcat near mile marker 13, three miles east of the Cline Avenue exit on the Indiana Toll Road, according to court documents.

When the car passed the trooper, according to police reports at the time, Garza "rapidly decreased his speed" in order to be pulled over by the trooper.

The Challenger Hellcat is a 707-horsepower muscle car with a price tag of more than $60,000 and a speedometer that measures up to 200 mph, according to the Dodge website.

At the time of his arrest, Garza told police he knew he was doing 160 mph and wanted to show his friend "what his 707-horsepower engine could do" and "thought the Indiana Toll Road would be the safest place to do this since it was empty," according to a press release from the ISP at the time.

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