State Patrol: Speed, Alcohol Factors in Cloquet Double Fatal Crash
Speed and alcohol were factors in a fatal crash that occurred on Highway 33 in Cloquet that claimed the lives of a nurse and police officer.
The crash happened on March 5, 2015 at 11:03 p.m.
The Minnesota State Patrol investigation determined that the driver of the 2014 Ford F150, Mark Laine, 49 of Saginaw, had been traveling 84 to 91 mph, in a posted 40 mph speed zone, when it struck a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Laine was traveling north on Highway 33, south of the North Cloquet Road and had crossed over the centerline and struck the Hyundai in the southbound lane on Highway 33.
Laine was unbelted and was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Laine’s blood alcohol concentration was .178 at the time of the crash.
The Hyundai was driven by Fay Dahlman, 54 of Alborn.
Dahlman had no contributing factors in the cause of the crash.
Laine was a 27-year veteran of the Cloquet Police Department and was off duty at the time of the crash.
Dahlman was a nurse at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet for the past 12 years.
Laine and Dahlman were both killed in the crash.