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Menahga man arrested for driving 178 mph sentenced for DWI

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WADENA, Minn. - A man who was stopped and arrested for reportedly driving a Corvette up to 178 miles per hour in Wadena County was sentenced Aug. 30 for driving while intoxicated during the incident.

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Michael James Johnson, 40, of Menahga, Minn. was convicted of DWI and careless driving in connection with the incident, in which Johnson reportedly drove 178 miles per hour July 9 on Wadena County Road 31.

Johnson was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 88 of those days stayed for two years. He must also serve two years probation, attend a MADD impact panel, complete an alcohol assessment, and pay $1,115 of a $1,615 fine.

The self-reported speeding incident was the fastest on record in Minnesota in July. A passenger in Johnson's vehicle is credited with stating how fast they were traveling.

Steve Schulz is a reporter at The Wadena (Minn.) Pioneer Journal, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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