Feds Demand Sheriff Pay Back $69k For 707 Horsepower Hellcat Patrol Car

The U.S. DOJ isn't happy with the Sheriff's patrol car purchase.

Lawrenceville, GA – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is demanding reimbursement for $70,000 that a Georgia sheriff spent on a high-powered sports car that he drives around for work.

The DOJ sent a letter to Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and called the purchase of a Dodge Charger Hellcat as “extravagant,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The vehicle was purchased with asset forfeiture funds and was previously approved by the federal government. But the DOJ is now questioning if the muscle car is being used for its stated purpose.

Sheriff Conway is defending the purchase of the Dodge Charger.

“Sheriff Conway maintains that this vehicle is an appropriate purchase, especially for an agency with a $92 million budget and the opportunity this vehicle provides in making our roadways safer,” said Deputy Shannon Volkodav, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The sheriff’s office bought the Hellcat in April for $69,258 and said they would comply with the DOJ request to be reimbursed.

The application to purchase the vehicle said Dodge Charger Hellcat would be used in a “Beat the Heat” program, a non-profit that uses drag races in controlled environments to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and illegal street racing, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The July 10 letter from the DOJ said that guidelines prohibit use of asset forfeiture money for extravagant expenditures.

The DOJ also took issue with the request that stated the sheriff would only use the car for undercover and covert operations.

Sheriff Conway said besides driving the car to and from work, he also uses it when he participates in covert field operations with his deputies.

Comments (11)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Okay then....

EMarie
EMarie

Well...sheriff must be going into politics.

Rving
Rving

Amazing they can find 70k purchase but Mueller and team are spending millions trying to take out the President...

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

Nice try but pay back the money. Be different if it was for the officers not for you exclusively

M9013
M9013

More to the story. It is not unusual for a department to request these muscle cars. They all do it, with salad on the side.

Ltpar
Ltpar

Another buffoon Law Enforcement Administrator using Asset Seizure money for his personal benefit. That desk jockey needs a car like that like I need a hole in my head. It is mismanagement like this that causes the public to have a dim view of Asset Seizures in general.

Mrs10
Mrs10

So this is the sheriff's idea of a "covert" vehicle? It shouldn't be funny but I can't stop laughing at his attempts to justify gross mis-spent funds. And he plans to drag race to raise awareness about dangerous driving? 😂 Nice try, sheriff, send the money back!

LEOWIDOW
LEOWIDOW

What we have here folks is a gross miscommunication! LOL the sheriff sounds like Ray Latoya....... does he have a Jennifer Lopez too?

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

That sheriff should get a used Kia Sorrento for his next vehicle.