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Dennis Drue pleads guilty to all 58 charges for Northway crash
BALLSTON SPA -- Dennis Drue
pleaded guilty Friday morning to all 58 charges against him for his role in an
accident last year that killed two students and left two others with serious
Drue was originally scheduled to go on trial Monday, but he decided to plead guilty. A judge is expected to sentence him to five to 15 years in a state prison on Dec. 5.
"We're not satisfied with that. We would like more time and we intend fully to ask the judge at sentencing along with the family members that'd we'd like to have more time", said Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy.
After court, Murphy laid out the evidence his office was prepared to present during trial.
A witness was prepared to testify they saw Drue drink four shots, a gin and tonic and beer at a restaurant before driving. Drue admitted he was also high on marijuana.
They walked up to the man he [Drue] was sitting with and said are you his designated driver? We're worried about this man, said Murphy.
Investigators spent months investigating the accident. Reconstruction experts determined Drue was driving at least 80 mph at the time of the accident. They also removed a chip from the Volvo Drue was driving.
We shipped it [the chip] back to Sweden in order to have the Volvo experts analyze that chip and they found evidence that supports the 80 mph, said Murphy.
Drue told investigators the night of the accident they would not be able to prove he was texting at the time of the accident, but investigators recovered cell phone records, including GPS data and tower information that showed otherwise.
Drues attorney, Steven Coffey, tried to have the trial moved elsewhere because of concerns about finding an impartial jury, but the judge denied the request.
It would have been very difficult for him to be acquitted of all these charges and he knows that and that's why he took the plea, said Coffey. He knows he did something wrong and he felt under the circumstances it would be best for him to plea. He wasn't wild about it but he's accepted responsibility for it.