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

Steven Johnson of Fond du Lac was arrested by police on New Year’s Day in Appleton.

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Police Sgt. David Lund said Thursday that despite 10 previous drunken-driving convictions, Johnson’s license was reinstated in July. It was revoked for three years after his 10th drunken-driving conviction in mid-2006.

Records show the 52-year-old’s nine prior charges happened between 1990 and 1997.

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

A new Wisconsin law that took effect Sunday increases the maximum sentence for a 10th or subsequent drunken driving offense by 2½ years to 10 years in prison.

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