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Documents released in Drue's case

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Albany/HV: Documents released in Drue's case
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We heard from District Attorney James Murphy about why Dennis Drue was sentenced as harshly as he was and now, we're getting a look at evidence from the case that could have been used in court. YNN's Karen Tararache has more on that part of the story.

SARATOGA COUNTY, N. Y. -- Saratoga County's District Attorney James Murphy said, "The people behind me had to hear at that hearing that it was their children's fault, that it was their fault that caused this accident, all kinds of crazy things that were going on, there was black ice, they didn't have their lights on."

According to the Motor Vehicle Autopsy Investigation report, the only contributor to the cause of the crash was the forceful impact of Drue's Volvo with the rear of Chris Stewart's Ford Explorer.

"New York State Police reconstructed his speed at a minimum speed of 81 mph in a 55 mph zone," Murphy said.

Troop G Investigator Bruce McLaughlin's report also rules out any roadway and vehicle defects, naming the primary factor of the collision as Dennis Drue.

Murphy added, "The eyewitnesses could see Chris Stewart's taillights in the distance and watched in horror as the defendant slammed into them in a high rate of speed and swept them from the highway."

Thirty minutes after the crash happened, a breathalyzer registered Drue's blood alcohol content as .08.

Murphy explained, "A subsequent portable breath screening test showed it was in decline as it dropped to a .06 and then later, as his body continued to metabolize the alcohol in his system, it diminished to a .05 two hours after the crash."

Drue also had 8.4 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana in his system.

"Most states that have set a standard for how much marijuana quantifiable is impaired sets it a 4.0 nanograms per milliliter. We have 8.0, double the amount."

But perhaps it is a deeper look at Drue's driving history that is most shocking.

"The defendant had been ticketed in 22 separate incidents in 2007. His driving privilege had been suspended five times and once for failure to pay his fines. He was revoked one time for three speeding tickets within 18 months."

One hundred pages of detailed reports, only a fraction of what the District Attorney would have had prepared had this case gone to trial. Over a year now culminating in the only numbers that matter to anyone touched by this case, including Dennis Drue, and that's a five to 15 year sentence.

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