Published March 31 2010
Alexandria man fined after police officer’s deathALEXANDRIA, Minn. – Mark Andrew Ruder, the driver involved in the Jan. 29 snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of off-duty Alexandria police officer Patrick Callaghan, won’t spend time in jail.
Ruder, 25, of Alexandria was fined $90 and will pay another $85 in court fees, a judge ruled last Friday.
His conviction was deemed a petty misdemeanor after he pleaded guilty to two charges – operating a snowmobile at a greater speed than reasonable circumstances allow and operating a snowmobile without a valid safety certificate.
The fatal snowmobile crash took place on the Central Lakes Trail east of Alexandria.