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Drue charged with 52 felonies for crash that killed 2 Shen students

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Dennis Drue walks into Saratoga County Court Monday, January 7, 2013 for arraignment. Dennis Drue walks into Saratoga County Court Monday, January 7, 2013 for arraignment.
Booking photo of Dennis Drue from January 2013 (Photo: NY State Police) Booking photo of Dennis Drue from January 2013 (Photo: NY State Police)
Deanna Rivers Deanna Rivers
Chris Stewart Chris Stewart

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - Dennis Drue was handed a 59-count indictment, including 52 felonies, in Saratoga County Court Monday for the Northway crash that killed two Shenendehowa high school students in December.

Drue, 22, was handed a 59-count indictment Monday which includes four counts of Vehicular Manslaughter, four counts of Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, and Vehicular Assault to name a few.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy says Drue is accused of driving while impaired by marijuana and alcohol at the time of the crash.

Drue has pleaded not guilty to all charges, his attorney Steven Coffey saying: "I do not apologize for representing my client and I do not apologize for his not-guilty plea."

Drue posted bail - set at $50,000 cash, $100,000 bond - and was released after his arraignment. He was arrested on a warrant Friday and has been awaiting arraignment at the Saratoga County Jail.

Charges against Drue, a student at Siena College from Clifton Park, have been pending since the December 1st crash that caused the death of 17-year-old Shen students Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers.

Both victims' families were in court for Monday's arraignment.

Murphy says the tests revealed Drue's blood alcohol content was over the legal limit at the time of that crash and that he was impaired by drugs.

Prosecutors also say marijuana and drug paraphilia were both found in Drue's car.

The investigation the night of the crash revealed that Drue had been operating his car at a high rate of speed, moving his vehicle from the far left lane into the far right lane. Drue subsequently made contact with the rear of Stewart's Ford Explorer, causing both vehicles to leave the road.

Stewart and Rivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other 17-year-old students, Bailey Wind, Stewart's girlfriend, and Matt Hardy, Rivers' boyfriend, were hospitalized.

DA Murphy and Captain Steven James of the NYSP will hold a press conference immediately following the Court proceedings.

See the full copy of Drue's indictment below, underneath the comments section.

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