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Bail set for accused drunk driver in Clifton Park crash that killed two

Bail set for accused drunk driver in Clifton Park crash that killed two

Bail set for accused drunk driver in Clifton Park crash that killed two
Defendant Dickie WInn is led from Clifton Park Town Court Sunday
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

CLIFTON PARK - A town judge set bail Wednesday afternoon for the man accused of causing last Saturday's crash that killed a husband and wife and injured three others.

Town Judge James Hughes set bail for Dickie Winn at $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond. His attorney said afterward it was unclear if he'd be able to post either.

Winn, 58, of Cohoes, has been in custody since the Saturday afternoon crash at Route 9 and Ushers Road in Clifton Park. He faces aggravated vehicular homicide charges, accused of driving with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit when he crossed the intersection and slammed into the car driven by John Heneghan.

Heneghan, 33, and his wife, Caitlyn J. Holtzman, 32, both of New York City, were killed in the crash. Two white crosses now overlook the scene. Three others in their car were seriously hurt, but survived. Winn suffered relatively minor injuries.

The decision to set bail came during an appearance that was originally scheduled as a preliminary hearing. The defense agreed to give up its right to the hearing and prosecutors agreed to hold off on indicting the case.

Hughes initially ordered Winn held without bail in his first court appearance the morning after the crash.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen argued Winn should continue to be held. She cited the severity of the charges, the most serious of which would bring up to 25 years in prison upon conviction.

"We believe that, because of the significance of the current charges, and the potential for more, we have concerns that the defendant poses a flight risk and we would ask you to remand him in the interim," Heggen told the judge.

However, Saratoga County Public Defender Oscar Schreiber repeated his earlier arguments about Winn's service with and numerous medals from the United States Army. He also argued Winn has a clean record, offering that as proof that he did not pose a risk and should be granted bail.

Schreiber argued Sunday that Winn joined the Army in 1984 and had been deployed seven times, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"My client's character and reputation is impeccable," Schreiber told the court.

Schreiber asked that bail be set at $50,000 cash, $100,000 bond. 

The judge formally suspended Winn's driver's license and took possession of an expired passport. 

Outside the courtroom, Schreiber said that he felt the bail posting was a victory for his client.

"It is. It is, and we'll see what happens. I don't know if he's going to make bail, but we'll see," he said.

Winn will return to Clifton Park Town court on June 5 at 3 p.m.

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