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Enforcement effort snags a 128-mph speeder in county

WILLMAR -- A motorist racing through Kandiyohi County at 128 miles per hour was among those ticketed during extra enforcement of traffic speed limits statewide during the month of July.

The statewide campaign resulted in 27,638 motorists ticketed, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

There were 253 drivers ticketed for going more than 90 mph, and 26 -- including the motorist in Kandiyohi County -- cited for exceeding 100 mph.

The highest speed ticketed was 178 mph in Wadena County. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office issued the ticket to the driver of a Corvette. The speed was self-reported by the vehicle's passenger, according to the Department of Public Safety.

A Kandiyohi County sheriff's officer stopped and ticketed the 128-mph offender in the county. The ticket was one of 151 citations that officers with the Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office issued during July, according to Willmar Police Officer Marilee Dorn, crime prevention and community policing coordinator.

She reported that the Benson Police Department and Swift County Sheriff's Office also participated in the program, and together wrote 58 speeding citations, with a high speed of 83 mph. The citations were issued locally during regular patrol time, as well as speed-focused overtime hours funded through the combined agencies' Safe and Sober grant.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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