The man behind the viral YouTube channel, Street Speed 717, whose real name is Mike Hyssong, will apparently do just about anything for views, and it appears to be quite the lucrative business. However, he has apparently made some enemies in the police world who caught wind of one of his recent viral videos and are charging him for it.
According to authorities, Hyssong broke at least 18 laws when he filmed a brand new, 702-horsepower Ram TRX making an epic jump — trashing the high powered dodge along the way. According to Hyssong, however, he was on private property, had permission to be there filming the jump, and harmed no one.
Hyssong now faces a slew of charges under Title 30 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, called “Protection of Property and Waters.” According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PBFC), all the charges were thoroughly documented in the video.
The Drive reports that according to a spokesperson at the PFBC, the Commission was alerted to activity occurring on the property in York County, Pennsylvania where the videos were filmed prior to having knowledge of Hyssong’s TRX videos.
His charges include various violations of specific verbiage within Title 30, including two counts of Disturbance of Waterways and Watersheds, six counts of Pollution of Waters, six counts of Littering, and four counts of Misuse of Property and Waters. This equates to eight third-degree misdemeanor charges, four second-degree summary offenses, and six first-degree summary offenses. It’s unknown what these charges will entail; however, other individuals who were previously convicted under these laws have been ordered to pay civil damages, resulting in restitution to the Commonwealth for damage to fish, commercial resale value, the replacement cost of fish based on the angling value, and more.
Hyssong made a video detailing the charges and refuted them all one by one calling them frivolous. In an ironic twist, he makes the video about the police state actions being taken against him — in front of a thin blue line flag seen hanging behind him.
Hyssong goes on to state that the charges against him hold no merit and many of them are for failing to obtain a permit before conducting the jump, which was on private property.
Some of the other charges are confusing as well, as the Drive reports:
For example, let’s examine the four counts of Misuse of Property and Waters. According to the description of the charges read by the YouTuber, he received this charge because he did not “ford in the most direct manner,” something this statute covers in Chapter 25, noting that it is illegal to “run any vehicle, except fording in the most direct manner, in any stream.” There are three other videos (one from Jan. 19, another from Jan. 22, and the final on Jan. 29) which all show him driving through the stream as if it were a road.
According to Hyssong, he did not litter, did not damage any waterways, did not leak fluids, nor were his actions destructive to the environment. He also thinks that paying taxes should have somehow kept him out of trouble with the authorities. He should probably read more Free Thought Project articles.
“I pay literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, and I don’t even want free stuff. I just want to be left alone and the government just can’t help itself,” Hyssong says at the end of the video — in front of the blue line flag — adding, “I think they are really like trying to throw the book at me. I don’t know if because it’s easy, it’s on video, or to make an example because it’s a video that got 1.6 million views.”