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Off-duty and over the limit: Test shows Cloquet cop in fatal crash was drunk

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The State Patrol says test results show an off-duty Cloquet police officer was driving drunk when he crashed into a car driven by a nurse on her way to work, killing both of them earlier this month, WDIO reports.

According to the Patrol, a medical examiner measured Mark Laine's blood alcohol content at 0.178, the station says. That's more than twice the legal limit to drive in Minnesota.

State Patrol investigators say the March 5 accident on Minnesota Highway 33 was caused when Laine's pickup truck veered over the center line and crashed head-on into the car driven by Fay Dahlman, 54.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Laine, 49, was a corporal in the Cloquet Police Department and a 27-year veteran of the force. He'd been convicted of drunk driving in 2003, the News Tribune says.

WDIO reports Dahlman had been a nurse at Community Memorial Hospital for 12 years.

According to her obituary, "Fay lived to take care of others and enjoyed spoiling her kids and grandkids endlessly."

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