Medical Examiner: Off-Duty Officer Over Limit Before Double-Fatal Cloquet Crash

March 17, 2015 10:09 PM

A medical examiner has found an off-duty police officer had a blood alcohol concentration more than twice the legal limit for driving at the time of a double-fatal crash in Cloquet.

Mark Laine, 49, of Saginaw, and Fay Dahlman, 54, of Alborn, were killed in the early-morning crash on March 6.  The Minnesota State Patrol says Laine was driving a truck that crossed the center line of Highway 33 and struck Dahlman's vehicle head-on.

On Tuesday, the patrol said that results from a medical examiner's test found Laine's blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 0.178.  The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08.

Laine was driving his personal vehicle, and the patrol had earlier said that he wasn't wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  He was a 27-year veteran of the Cloquet Police Department.

The patrol said alcohol was not a factor in the death of Dahlman, a nurse who was headed to work when the crash happened.  She had worked at Community Memorial Hospital for 12 years.

The patrol continues to investigate the crash.


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