Police arrest impaired driver going 104 mph on deadly stretch of Highway 12

The driver was arrested before causing any crashes.
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Highway 12 in the west metro has been dubbed the "corridor of death" because of a high number of fatal crashes over the years, and on Thursday night police were able to stop an impaired driver on the highway before anyone was killed. 

According to West Hennepin Public Safety, an officer tracking speeds around 8:30 p.m. on Hwy. 12 spotted a car going 104 mph and passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

The driver was found to be impaired and arrested for DWI, but not without resisting arrest and refusing sobriety tests. The suspect was booked into Hennepin County Jail. 

Thursday night's incident happened right where a fatal crash occurred three weeks ago, the department says. Which fatal crash West Hennepin Public Safety is referring to is unclear, but an 18-year-old girl who attended Delano High School died March 2 when her car veered into oncoming traffic on icy roads and collided with a semi near Independence.

Highway 12: "The Corridor of Death"

Because of the high number of fatalities that have occurred there – a 38-mile stretch that runs from Wayzata to Wright County – Hwy. 12 is considered one of the deadliest highways in Minnesota, and has taken on the nickname "The Corridor of Death."

There have been nearly a thousand crashes there over the past seven years and dozens of deaths, all of which have prompted authorities to announce major safety upgrades to the road.

Those include plans for concrete barriers and a roundabout; however, work on the upgrades isn't expected to begin until 2021. 

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