Remember that driver of the red Corvette who authorities say was zipping along in northern Minnesota at 178 miles per hour?
The cops say he was drunk at the time.
Michael James Johnson, 40, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent while roaring along a county road on July 9 near the tiny town of Menahga in Wadena County, according to court records. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08.
Johnson, who lives in Menahga, is charged with fourth-degree drunken driving and careless driving, County Attorney Kyra Ladd said Monday.
He has a court hearing Aug. 30, but he retains his driver's license in the meantime, Ladd said. "He can be out there driving right now," she said.
Johnson has "flown under the radar" and hasn't had a moving traffic violation for the past nine years or so, Ladd said, but he had "a lot of speeding violations" and other tickets before that, Ladd said. "He's been fairly busy here."
Johnson wasn't actually caught on radar going 178 mph, but the passenger in his two-seat sports car reported that speed, according to the State Department of Public Safety. A telephone message seeking comment was left at Johnson's home Monday.