Report: Off Duty Cloquet Police Officer Drunk in Double Fatal Crash

Report: Alcohol in System of Off Duty Officer

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, a St. Louis County medical examiner’s report confirms alcohol was in the system of an off duty officer killed in a crash that also left a nurse dead.

Based on test results from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner, Mark Laine, 49, had a blood alcohol level of .178 which is more than double the state’s legal limit in the crash which happened in Cloquet on March 5th.

The accident killed Laine, a Cloquet police officer, and Fay Dahlman, 54, a nurse from Alborn.

Dahlman had not been drinking, according to authorities.

Authorities said Laine crossed the center line on Highway 33 and hit Dahlman’s vehicle head-on March 5.

According to court records, Laine pleaded guilty to fourth degree DWI in 2003.

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