LAS VEGAS – Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III received a stern conversation from a Las Vegas judge, but was allowed to remain under house arrest with a continuous alcohol monitor on one ankle and a GPS monitor on the other. after a fatal accident. Charged with causing drunk driving.
Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum told Ruggs and her attorneys that she was “comfortable with a higher level of monitoring” after a hearing on a delay at Ruggs that provided a remote breath alcohol test with a handheld device on November 13.
“But if there is a mistake, if there is a problem, if alcohol is detected in your system, you should know that it will be problematic for this court in the future,” he said.
Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said their client took a test anyway “as a precaution” on Nov. 13 and met the three-hour requirement by submitting the negative test.
“Henry still did the right thing by testing inside the window,” said Chesnoff, standing with Ruggs before the judge. “He shouldn’t be punished because his case attracts so much attention.”
Since being released from jail Nov. 3 on $ 150,000 bail, Ruggs has passed more than 77 breathalyzer tests, his attorney told the judge.
Ruggs’ attorneys also provided testimony from two people who said they were with Ruggs when he lost the call on November 13 and did not hear a signal from the monitor.
Las Vegas police still have Ruggs’ cell phone, Chesnoff said, and have now provided a new phone number to the monitoring system, Nevada’s SCRAM.
The handheld device emitted a signal while Ruggs was before the judge, requiring Ruggs to present a breath test after his court hearing.
Police and prosecutors say 22-year-old Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured in the pre-dawn crash on November 2 when Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 that caught fire.
Tina Tintor and her dog were killed in the accident. She was 23 years old.
Chesnoff did not specify Ruggs’ injuries, but told the judge that a cast had been removed on his leg that initially prevented the use of the ankle monitor.
Chesnoff and Schonfeld are fighting separately to prevent prosecutors from accessing Ruggs’ medical records, and a Kilgo-Washington attorney has launched a similar effort on his behalf. A hearing was scheduled for December 8 on that issue.
Prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood alcohol level was 0.16%, double the legal limit for drivers in Nevada, and his vehicle reached speeds of 156 mph before the accident.
Ruggs is due to appear Dec. 16 for an evidence hearing on two felony charges of driving under the influence, each of which carries a mandatory prison term of two to 20 years if convicted, in addition to a felony. for reckless driving and a weapon misdemeanor. Police say they found a loaded pistol in his wrecked sports car.
The Raiders released Ruggs within hours of the accident.
The team made Ruggs their first pick in the 2020 NFL draft, from Alabama, and he had been an emerging player for the Raiders this season.