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Driver going 130 mph with teen passenger arrested

A Long Prairie man with a suspended driver's license was pulled over on Highway 27 after reaching speeds of nearly 130 miles per hour with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit and with a teenage boy who was riding in the vehicle with him, according to authorities.

Pedro Emmanuel Reyes Cartagena, 32, was charged in Todd County District Court Aug. 20 with two gross misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 2:29 a.m. on Aug. 19, an Osakis police officer followed a blue sedan on Highway 27 and saw it appear to stop at an intersection without a stop sign. The vehicle then quickly traveled around the block on Lake Street and turned back onto Highway 27.

The officer followed the vehicle and was able to keep pace with it while driving 128 miles per hour in his marked squad car. The officer continued to follow the driver as he continued east on Highway 27 and was unable to close the gap.

The driver occasionally tapped his brake lights and then eventually stopped. In talking to the driver, identified as Cartagena, the officer said he could smell alcohol on Cartagena's breath and observed bloodshot, watery, glassy eyes.

One of the occupants in the sedan was a 14-year-old male.

A preliminary blood alcohol test at the scene showed Cartagena had a blood alcohol level of 0.12.

Cartagena's next court appearance, an omnibus hearing, is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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