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Former Raiders WR Henry Ruggs has missed an alcohol test

As his legal situation worsens the 22 year old former wide receiver isn't doing himself any favors.

Former Raiders WR Herny Ruggs has missed an alcohol test
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The sad and tragic story of the former NFL player has taken another turn as he failed to submit to an alcohol test

Henry Ruggs misses his alcohol test

The situation facing Henry Ruggs III has worsened. A Las Vegas judge has now ordered the former Raiders receiver to appear before her in court on Monday after learning he missed a required alcohol test while on house arrest. Ruggs of course, is facing multiple charges following a fatal crash that left a young womand her dog dead. It's alleged that at the time Ruggs was driving under the influence of alcohol at a speed of 156 mph.

According to reports, Ruggs' lawyers informed Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum that their client "self-tested" negative shortly after missing one of his calls for a breath test last week. Ruggs' attorney, David Chesnoff, cited problematic testing equipment as the reason for the delay in providing results.

Ruggs' lawyers in a bind

In a later note that was posted to court records, it is indicated that Ruggs missed a test at 4:41 p.m. Saturday and that he completed "a client-initiated remote breath test'' at 6:28 p.m. Subsequent to that the alcohol-monitoring agency noted that it "cannot confirm Mr. Ruggs' sobriety during this point in time." It is understood that Rugg's attorneys provided an updated phone number for text notifications for his remote breath tests. The the latest development in the case comes after a brief hearing on Wednesday for which Ruggs was not present. During the hearing, Baucum informed Ruggs' lawyers that she would not subpoena for fire department records about the fatal November 2nd crash and fire. Instead she informed the attorneys that they would have to acquire the records on their own.

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The situation facing Henry Ruggs

The reality is Ruggs faces the very real possibility of jail time should he be convicted. Having had his bail set at $150,000, Ruggs was warned in no uncertain terms that his failure to comply with release restrictions would result in re-arrest. The former wide receiver is currently house arrest with electronic monitoring and four-times-a-day alcohol checks. He is required to respond to a telephone or text signal by blowing into a device that checks his blood alcohol content.

According to to prosecutors in the case, Ruggs' blood alcohol content after the crash was 0.16% which is twice the legal limit for drivers in Nevada. Ruggs who was accompanied by his girlfriend Kiara Je'nai Kilgo-Washington at the time suffered minor injuries after his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor's Toyota Rav4. The impact ruptured the fuel tank of Tintor's vehicle which in turn resulted in it bursting into flames. Ruggs' lawyers have since referred to a witness who they have claimed stated that firefighters were slow to extinguish flames. They have not identified the witness. There are also other witnesses who told police they heard screams and tried to rescue Tintor, but could not do so due to the immense heat, flames and smoke. According to a Clark County spokesman there were no delays in the firefighting response to the fire.

What's next for Henry Ruggs

A date of December 16th has been set by Baucum for a preliminary hearing of evidence on two felony charges of driving under the influence causing death or serious injury. Both charges carry a minimum of two years mandatory prison time. The maximum he could face for each, however, is 20 years. There is also the question of two felony reckless driving charges and a misdemeanor weapon charge after police stated that a loaded handgun was found in his vehicle.

Ruggs' attorneys continue to fight to block prosecutors from accessing Ruggs' medical records, while an attorney for his girlfriend attempts to do the same.


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