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Man accused of 11th drunken-driving charge had valid license

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man charged this week with his 11th drunken driving offense had a valid driver’s license at the time of his latest arrest.

Steven Johnson, a 52-year-old man from Fond du Lac, was arrested by Appleton police on New Year’s Day. Police Sgt. David Lund said Thursday that despite Johnson’s having 10 previous drunken driving convictions, his license was reinstated in July 2016.

Johnson’s license was revoked for three years after his 10th drunken driving conviction in mid-2006. Records show his nine previous charges happened between 1990 and 1997.

Authorities say Johnson’s blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit when he was arrested in Appleton on Sunday night.

A new state law that took effect Sunday increases the maximum sentence for a 10th or subsequent drunken-driving offense by 2-½ years to 10 years in prison.

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