Henry Ruggs III May Remain Under House Arrest After Failing Alcohol Test.
Former Raiders catcher Henry Ruggs III will be allowed to remain under house arrest after appearing in Clarke County, Nevada court on Monday following a missed alcohol test on Saturday, November 13.
Ruggs, involved in a fatal car accident in Las Vegas in which prosecutors say he had a blood alcohol content of .16, may have returned to jail as a result of violating his release restrictions.
In addition to posting $ 150,000 in bail on Wednesday, November 3, he was ordered to remain under house arrest, submit to electronic surveillance, refrain from alcohol or other controlled substances, and submit to four daily alcohol tests from Nevada-based SCRAM.
According to a report by ESPN Judge Suzan Baucum, who ordered Ruggs’ return to court, said she felt comfortable allowing Ruggs to remain under house arrest “with a higher level of monitoring” after his failed trial.
According to Clarke County court records, Ruggs missed a signal to submit a breath test at 4:41 pm local time on Nov. 13, but completed “a client-initiated remote breath test” at 6. : 28 pm the same day.
“But if there is any 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,” Baucum told Ruggs.
Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld told Baucum that Ruggs took a test “as a precaution” on November 13, meeting the court-ordered requirement of three hours between tests. They also claimed that the former receiver had completed 77 consecutive alcohol tests since his release on bail on November 3.
Ruggs, 22, is due to appear at an evidence hearing Thursday, December 16, in connection with the charges he faces in the deaths of Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog.
He faces four felony counts, two DUI counts that resulted in death or serious injury, and two reckless driving counts as a result of the accident.
Prosecutors say Ruggs was driving 156 mph when his Chevrolet Corvette hit the back of Tintor’s Toyota Rav4. He also faces a weapon misdemeanor charge.
DUI felony charges face a mandatory prison sentence of two to 20 years after conviction. Felony reckless driving charges carry penalties of one to six years in prison.
Ruggs was the first receiver selected in the 2020 NFL Draft at 12th overall. The Raiders released him on November 2, the same day the sophomore was arrested as a result of the accident.