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Teen accused of DWI appears in court

Ryan Foote, 17, at Central Islip Criminal Court

Ryan Foote, 17, at Central Islip Criminal Court with an unidentified woman, where he had a court appearance for the crash that killed two of his passengers last Saturday in Mastic. A new court date for the alleged DWI suspect was set for Aug. 14 after Friday morning's appearance was adjourned. (July 27, 2012) Credit: James Carbone

A Mastic teen accused of drunken driving in last Saturday's crash that killed his two passengers stared straight ahead and said nothing during a brief court appearance Friday.

Ryan Foote, 17, was accompanied by three adults. Neither he nor the adults would speak to reporters as they walked in and out of the Central Islip court.

Suffolk County District Judge Gaetan B. Lozito adjourned the case until Aug. 14.

At his arraignment Sunday, Foote pleaded not guilty to DWI. Assistant District Attorney Patricia Brosco said the teen had admitted to drinking two or three tall cans of light beer before getting behind the wheel.

Police said Foote's car veered off Winters Drive in Mastic, hitting a fence and several trees about 1:15 a.m. July 21.

Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, said Friday that a decision hasn't been made on whether Foote will face stiffer charges. He said prosecutors are awaiting toxicology results and continuing their investigation into the crash that killed James McClease, 18, of Mastic, and his nephew, Rashawn Minter, 17, of Mastic Beach.

Foote was released from jail Monday after posting $250,000 bond.

After Friday's hearing, Foote's Southampton-based attorney, Michael Malone, said not all the facts have come out. "Just because the police say something doesn't make it so," he said.

Malone said the Foote family's "hearts go out for all three families involved."

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