Former Raider Henry Ruggs Faces Jail Time After Missing Alcohol Test While on House Arrest

Former Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III could face jail time after he missed a required alcohol test while on house arrest following a fatal crash he's accused of causing on November 2 by driving drunk at speeds up to 156 mph, the Associated Press reported.

Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum ordered Ruggs, 22, to appear in court Monday for missing the alcohol test. Ruggs' attorney, David Chesnoff, blamed the delay on trouble with the testing equipment.

A judge, who set his bail at $150,000, warned Ruggs directly if he didn't comply with the release restrictions, he would face re-arrest and potentially return to jail.

Ruggs' lawyers told Baucum that Ruggs "self-tested" negative shortly after missing one of the calls for the breath test.

A note posted later in the court shows Ruggs missed a test at 4:41 p.m. Saturday, then completed "a client initiated remote breath test" at 6:28 p.m.

The alcohol monitoring agency noted it "cannot confirm Mr. Ruggs' sobriety during this point-in-time."

Ruggs is on house arrest with electronic monitoring and required four-times-a-day alcohol checks. He is required to respond to a call or text, then blow into a device that checks his blood-alcohol level.

Prosecutors said after the crash, Ruggs' blood-alcohol level was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit for drivers in Nevada.

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A Las Vegas judge told attorneys for Henry Ruggs III on November 17, 2021, to get their own subpoena for fire department records about the fatal crash and fire the ex-Raiders wide receiver is accused of causing by driving drunk at speeds up to 156 mph. Above, Ruggs makes an initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court in Las Vegas on November 3, 2021. Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun/AP Photo

Authorities said he and his girlfriend, Kiara Je'nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured when Ruggs' Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor's Toyota Rav4, rupturing that vehicle's fuel tank. Neither Tintor nor her dog survived.

His lawyers have said in court filings that a witness told them firefighters were slow to extinguish flames They have not identified the witness.

Other witnesses told police they heard screams and tried to rescue Tintor, 23, and her dog but were turned back by heat, flames and smoke.

A Clark County spokesman has said there were no delays in the firefighting response or the attack on the fire.

Ruggs was not in court Wednesday for a brief hearing during in which Baucum declined his lawyers' request for a court order to obtain fire department records about the November 2 crash and fire. She said she'd reconsider if they can't get the records themselves.

Baucum has set a December 16 preliminary hearing of evidence on two felony charges of driving under the influence causing death or serious injury. Each charge carries two years of mandatory prison time for a conviction and as much as 20 years each.

Ruggs also faces two felony reckless driving counts and a misdemeanor weapon charge after police said a loaded handgun was found in his wrecked sports car.

Ruggs suffered a leg injury, and Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury, prosecutors said.

Chesnoff and attorney Richard Schonfeld are fighting separately to block prosecutors from accessing Ruggs' medical records, and an attorney for Washington has launched a similar effort on her behalf. A December 8 hearing is scheduled.