Henry Ruggs III remains under house arrest after failed test, for increased surveillance
LAS VEGAS – Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III received a harsh conversation from a Las Vegas judge but was allowed to remain under house arrest with a continuous blood alcohol monitor on an ankle and a GPS monitor on the other as a result of a fatal accident. accused of causing while driving while intoxicated.
Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum told Ruggs and her lawyers she was “comfortable with a higher level of supervision” after a hearing into Ruggs’ delay in providing a remote breathalyzer with a handheld device on November 13.
“But if there are hiccups, if there are problems, if there is alcohol detected in your system, you should know that this is going to be problematic for this court in the future,” he said. she declared.
Lawyers David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said their client still took a test “out of caution” on November 13 and met a three-hour requirement by submitting the negative test.
“Henry still did the right thing by testing in the window,” said Chesnoff, standing with Ruggs in front of the judge. “He shouldn’t be punished because his case is getting so much attention.”
Since being released from jail on November 3 on $ 150,000 bail, Ruggs has passed more than 77 blood alcohol tests, his lawyer told the judge.
Ruggs’ attorneys also submitted testimony from two people who said they were with Ruggs when he missed the November 13 call and did not hear a signal from the monitor.
Las Vegas police still have Ruggs’ cell phone, Chesnoff said, and he has now provided a new phone number to the surveillance system, Nevada’s SCRAM.
The hand-held device beeped as Ruggs stood in front of the judge, forcing Ruggs to submit a breathalyzer after his court hearing.
Police and prosecutors say Ruggs, 22, and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured in the November 2 crash before dawn when Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette crashed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 which caught fire.
Tina Tintor and her dog died in the accident. She was 23 years old.
Chesnoff did not elaborate on Ruggs’ injuries, but told the judge that a leg cast that initially prevented the use of the ankle monitor had been removed.
Chesnoff and Schonfeld are fighting separately to prevent prosecutors from accessing Ruggs’ medical records, and a Kilgo-Washington lawyer has launched a similar effort on his behalf. A hearing on December 8 is scheduled on this issue.
Prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood alcohol level was 0.16% – double the legal limit for Nevada drivers – and his vehicle had reached a speed of 156 mph before the crash.
Ruggs is due December 16 on two counts of impaired driving which each carry a mandatory prison sentence of two to 20 years if convicted, plus a felony of reckless driving and a misdemeanor charge. armed. Police say they found a loaded handgun in his wrecked sports car.
The Raiders released Ruggs just hours after the crash.
The team made Ruggs their first pick in Alabama’s 2020 NFL Draft, and he had been an emerging player for the Raiders this season.