Atwater man sentenced for driving 110 mph while impaired
WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Atwater man was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, $1,500 in fines and 30 days in jail on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
Steven Bruce Wothe was convicted of the charges for running from the law at speeds of more that 100 mph on Sept. 17.
As part of a plea agreement, the impaired driving charge against Wothe was lowered from a gross misdemeanor and two additional charges were dismissed in Kandiyohi County District Court. He was gi-ven credit for two days already served in jail.
The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy, on patrol around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 17 along U.S. Highway 12 near County Road 4, observed two vehicles coming toward him at a high rate of speed. Radar indicated a speed of 76 mph in a 55-mph zone.
The deputy turned around, activated his lights and sirens, and pursued both vehicles.
One of the vehicles pulled over, but the other sped up to 110 mph. The deputy also observed the vehicle driving erratically and from shoulder to shoulder.
The vehicle slowed to 50 mph in Atwater and pulled over into the Schmidty's store lot. The driver was identified as Wothe.
He failed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested. At the Law Enforcement Center, a breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.21.