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High speed crash in downtown Park Rapids results in charges

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Park Rapids police officer Justin Frette couldn't believe his eyes Wednesday night.

Parked near the intersection of Highways 71 and 34 in Park Rapids, he observed a car go by and crash in the blink of an eye. It was just after midnight.

"Surprisingly he wasn't injured," Police Chief Terry Eilers said of the driver. "Both airbags went. He claimed he was doing 100 mph."

Dale Allen Peterka, 40, Park Rapids, was taken into custody on a Fourth Degree DWI charge.

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