Watch a McLaren 720S clocking 155mph with the Police in hot pursuit
When in chasing down one of the fastest supercars in the world, how fast do you need to go?
The McLaren 720S is a very fast car, the sheer speed it offers has narrowed the once sizeable supercar versus hypercar gulf to almost nothing.
For one 720S driver in Georgia this past weekend, all of this speed wasn’t enough to outrun a police spec Dodge Charger. This alleged drunk driver managed to reach speeds of up to 155mph on a public highway with the Police spec Charger in hot pursuit reaching a speed of 143mph.
Just think about this for a second, at 155mph the 720S was covering a mile in roughly 23 seconds, with the Police Charger covering the same distance in a shade over 25 seconds, with the entire five-mile pursuit coming to a safe conclusion in just over two and a half short minutes.
Interestingly, both cars boast V8 motors, with the Charger losing the speed battle with only 150mph at its disposal versus the 212mph top speed of the 720S thanks to a substantial power advantage.
The pursuit started when the Woking built supercar managed to literally blow the officer's doors off by flying by on the outside lane of Georgia State Route 400 at around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. The officer swiftly gave chase and clocked the 720S at 105mph using radar early on in the pursuit.
From here things got even worse for the McLaren driver as he started weaving through traffic at high speed. The pursuing officer confirmed at this point in the chase the McLaren had reached an eye-watering 155mph and was pulling away from the pursuit car despite it hitting a swift 143mph.
The McLaren then continued driving at speeds varying from 115mph to 155mph until the fleeing driver decided that enough was enough, and bought the 720S to a complete halt from around 150mph in what the pursuing officer described as “in a matter of several seconds.”
Once safely stopped, the driver claimed he had not seen the pursuing officer or the lights and sirens at all, despite the fact that the Police pursuit vehicle was following the 720S for five (very quick) miles.
According to The Patch, 46-year-old Dwayne Sherwood Pope was charged with speeding, DUI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and driving with an expired tag on what has to be the worst possible end to his night.
Thankfully, no one was hurt or injured in this pursuit, just going to show that drinking and driving is a great example of 'stupid things you shouldn't do'.