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Source: Driver was not legally drunk; police await more test results

Posted at: 12/06/2012 6:07 PM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 10:40 AM
By: Mark Mulholland

HALFMOON -  A joint statement from the New York State Police and the Saratoga County District Attorney said that investigators have received the results of tests on Dennis Drue's blood alcohol concentration.

Drue is the 22-year-old Siena College student who was driving a Volvo Saturday night on the Northway when it collided with an SUV carrying four teenagers. Two people in the SUV were killed: Deanna Rivers and Chris Stewart, who were both 17 and seniors at Shenendehowa High. Two other passengers, Baily Wind and Matt Hardy were hospitalized.

Although the District Attorney and the State Police aren't disclosing Drue's BAC, saying it is "ethically prohibited," a law enforcement source confirms that it was not high enough to arrest.   In New York, DWI requires a .08 BAC. For a charge of driving while ability impaired, the threshold is .07.

Drue suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Ellis Hospital where his blood was drawn.  With the blood analysis for alcohol now complete, state police scientists will determine if Drue,  who has had prior drug arrests, had illegal drugs in his system on the night of the crash.

The drug-screening results are expected late next week.