Teen Pleads Not Guilty to DWI in Car Crash That Killed 2 Teens

The victims, James McClease, 18, and Rashawn Minter, 17, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene

Monday, Jul 23, 2012  |  Updated 10:52 AM EDT
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Teen Pleads Not Guilty to DWI in Deadly L.I. Crash

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A Long Island teen has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated after a late-night crash that killed his two passengers.     

Ryan Foote, 17, of Mastic, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail at his arraignment Sunday.     

Assistant District Attorney Patricia Brosco told the judge that Foote admitted to drinking several beers before getting behind the wheel on Saturday, according to Newsday.     

Brosco said the charges could be upgraded.     

Defense attorney Michael Malone said it wasn't clear if Foote would make bail. He declined further comment.   

Authorities say Foote's car ran off the road and hit a fence and some trees in Mastic. His passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

Killed were James McClease, 18, of Mastic and Rashawn Minter, 17, of Mastic Beach.      

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