LAS VEGAS –
Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III received a stern talk from a Las Vegas judge but was placed under house arrest with an ankle continuous alcohol meter and a monitor GPS is on the other side after a fatal accident he is accused of causing drunk driving.
Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum told Ruggs and his attorneys that she was “comfortable with a higher level of scrutiny” following a hearing about Ruggs’ delay in providing a concentration test. remote alcohol level by handheld device on November 13.
“But if there is any omission, if there is any problem, if there is any alcohol detected in your system, you need to know that it will matter to this court. in the future,” she said.
Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said their client took the test “out of an abundance of caution” on November 13 and responded to the three-hour request by submitting a negative test result.
“Henry still does the right thing by testing in the window,” said Chesnoff, standing with Ruggs before the judge. “He shouldn’t be punished because his case attracted so much attention.”
Since being released from prison on November 3 on $150,000 bail, Ruggs has passed more than 77 breath alcohol tests, his attorney told the judge.
Ruggs’ attorneys also sent testimonies from two people saying they were with Ruggs when he missed the call on November 13 and didn’t hear the signal from the monitor.
Las Vegas police still have Ruggs’ cell phone, Chesnoff said, and he has now provided a new phone number for the surveillance system, Nevada’s SCRAM.
The handheld signaled while Ruggs stood before the judge, ordering Ruggs to submit a breath test after the trial.
Police and prosecutors say Ruggs, 22, and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured in the crash before dawn on November 2, when Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette crashed in the tail of a burning Toyota Rav4.
Tina Tintor, 23, died in a Toyota.
Chesnoff did not specify Ruggs’ injury, but told the judge that the leg cast that initially prevented the use of the ankle monitor was removed.
Chesnoff and Schonfeld are fighting separately to prevent prosecutors from accessing Ruggs’ medical records, and a Kilgo-Washington attorney has made a similar effort on her behalf. A hearing on December 8 is scheduled on that question.
Prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood alcohol level was 0.16% – double the legal limit for drivers in Nevada – and his car hit 156 mph (251 km/h) h) before the collision.
Ruggs is due to testify on December 16th on two felony driving counts with charges that each face a mandatory two to 20 year jail time if convicted, plus felony charges. reckless driving and misdemeanor carrying a weapon. Police say they found a loaded handgun in his wrecked sports car.
Raiders released Ruggs just hours after the crash.
The team gave Ruggs their first pick in the 2020 NFL draft, from Alabama, and he has been a rising star of the Raiders this season.