ADA: Driver in fatal crash admits drinking

A teenager allegedly driving drunk in Mastic killed two of his passengers Saturday morning when the car crashed and the victims were ejected, Suffolk County police said in announcing his arrest. Videojournalist: Stringer News Service (July 21, 2012)

A Mastic teen told police that he had been drinking before he crashed his Hyundai Sonata early Saturday morning, killing his two passengers, a Suffolk County prosecutor said Sunday.

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.

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