Las Vegas Raiders fire Henry Ruggs III, accused of driving under the influence of alcohol after accident that left 1 dead

November 3, 2021

(CNN) – The Las Vegas Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs III was fired Tuesday night after he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following an incident in which his car rear-ended another car and left one person dead, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police responded to the crash early Tuesday morning around 3:39 a.m. near an intersection where they found a Chevrolet Corvette and a burning Toyota RAV4. Firefighters responded and found a person dead inside the Toyota, police said.

A police news release said the Corvette was speeding into the center lane before shifting into the right lane, where the Toyota was, and rear-ended the Toyota. The Toyota stopped and caught fire with the driver trapped in his seat, according to the statement.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that the front of the Chevrolet collided with the rear of the Toyota,” police said in a Twitter thread.

Ruggs, 22, was identified as the driver of the Chevrolet and remained at the scene where he showed signs of deterioration, police said. He and a passenger were taken to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said in their release that the Corvette driver was “booked in absentia” while at the medical center. He is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, according to online records.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 24, 2021 in Las Vegas.

Ruggs faces a charge of driving under the influence resulting in substantial bodily injury and a reckless driving charge, according to the Clark County Detention Center website.

Ruggs is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, according to his attorney.

David Chesnoff, an attorney for Ruggs, issued a statement Tuesday to KNTV, CNN affiliate.

“On behalf of our client Henry Ruggs III, we are conducting our own investigation at the time of this writing and we ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are collected,” the statement read.

The Raiders also released a statement early Tuesday saying they were aware of the crash.

“We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family,” the team statement read. “We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”

The Raiders chose Ruggs in 2020 as the 12th pick in the first round, according to the NFL. He was a wide receiver at the University of Alabama, where he finished his college career in third place in touchdown receptions, according to his profile on the school’s website.

CNN’s Shawn Nottingham contributed to this report.