Ryan Foote, 17, pleaded not guilty on a charge of driving while intoxicated at his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip Sunday. Judge Gigi Ann Spelman ordered Foote held on $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond. A county jail official last night said Foote had not made bail and remained in custody.
Assistant District Attorney Patricia Brosco, who said charges against Foote could be upgraded, told the judge the teen admitted to drinking two to three Bud Light tall cans before getting behind the wheel. His car veered off Winters Drive in Mastic, hitting a fence and several trees.
"The last tree sheered off the metal panel on the passenger side," Brosco told Spelman. "The impact from hitting the last tree caused the vehicle to make a 180 [degree] turn, ejecting both passengers." Foote, she said, "knew he was drunk and that he shouldn't be driving."
Foote's Southampton-based attorney, Michael Malone, said he had no comment and that it was not clear whether Foote would make bail.
James McClease, 18, of Mastic, and his nephew, Rashawn Minter, 17, of Mastic Beach, were declared dead at the scene of the 1:17 a.m. Saturday crash.