Henry Ruggs warned by Judge after missing alcohol test
Another turn in an already tragic story
The legal issues facing the 22 year old are bad enough without him breaking the rules that have been set for him
Henry Ruggs III is cautioned by a Judge
The varying events that have played out since the tragic and deadly car crash involving Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III have been well documented, all the way up to the point of his house arrest and prohibition from the consumption of alcohol. It seems, however, that the message was not received, as recently Ruggs actually missed a scheduled alcohol level test. In light of this it has now been reported that Ruggs received a firm speech from a Las Vegas judge, though he was allowed to remain under house arrest with a continuous alcohol monitor on one ankle and a GPS monitor on the other. Ruggs has been accused of driving while drunk when he was involved in an accident which left a young woman and her dog dead.
It was Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum who spoke with Ruggs and his lawyers. Baucum explained that she was "comfortable with a higher level of monitoring" having discovered that there was a delay in Ruggs providing a remote breath alcohol test with a hand-held device on November 13th. She went on to add, "But if there are any misses, if there are any problems, if there is any alcohol detected in your system, you need to know that's going to be problematic for this court going forward," she said.
Ruggs' Attorneys defend his actions
David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld - both legal representatives for Ruggs - said their client took a test anyway "out of an abundance of caution" on November 13th. "Henry still did the right thing by testing within the window," Chesnoff said, standing with in front of judge Baucum. "He should not be punished because his case attracts so much attention."
In the weeks since his release to house arrest on November 3rd on $150,000 bail, Ruggs has been required to and subsequently passed more than 77 breath alcohol tests, his lawyer told the judge. It is understood that Ruggs' lawyers also submitted testimonials from two individuals who alleged that they were with Ruggs when he missed the call on November 13th saying no signal was heard from the monitor. Incidentally the hand-held device emitted a signal while Ruggs stood before the judge, requiring Ruggs to submit a breath test after his court hearing.
What happened to Henry Ruggs and what's happening now?
As has been reported widely, Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je'nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured in a high velocity crash in the early hours morning hours of November 2nd when his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 wheich then burst into flames. The fire claimed the life of 23 year old Tina Tintor and her dog.
At present the extent of Ruggs' injuries are not known, however, it is understood that he was fitted with a leg cast which has since been removed. Both of Ruggs' attorneys are currently trying to block access to Ruggs' medical records while an attorney for his girlfriend is attempting to do the same. A hearing has been scheduled for A December 8th to address the question.
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According to prosecutors Ruggs' blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.16% - twice the legal limit for drivers in Nevada - in addition it is reported that vehicle was travelling at 156 mph moments before the crash occurred. Officially Ruggs is now set for a December 16th evidence hearing on two felony driving under the influence charges that each carry mandatory prison time of two to 20 years if he's convicted. There is also a for felony reckless driving and a misdemeanor weapon charge. Police stated at the time that they found a loaded handgun in his wrecked sports car. Just Hours after the crash the Las Vegas Raiders released Ruggs. He was their first pick in the 2020 NFL draft and was considered a promising talent for the Raiders with a bright future ahead.