Under House Arrest, Henry Ruggs Being Tested for Alcohol 4 Times a Day, Court Records Show

Henry Ruggs III, a former Las Vegas Raiders receiver, is being tested for alcohol four times a day while under house arrest following a deadly accident, court records show

Ruggs has a medical condition that prevents him from begin given an electronic device to detect alcohol usage, which has led to the daily tests. If he doesn't follow the restrictions, Ruggs could go back to jail.

"Any missed check-ins, any dirty tests would result in revocation of his bail," Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum said to his lawyers. To decide whether Ruggs will face trial in state court, the judge set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 16.

On Wednesday, Ruggs launched a bid to prevent his medical records from falling into the hands of prosecutors. David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, Rugg's lawyers, persuaded Baucum to temporarily block access to Ruggs' medical records by arguing that Nevada privacy is law is more stringent than federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements.

Eric Bauman, one of the prosecutors, said that the records are needed for investigators to ascertain the facts of the case.

Ruggs is accused of driving 156 mph while having a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, which is twice the legal limit in Nevada, when he slammed the rear of Tina Tintor's vehicle on Nov. 2.

Flames consumed Tintor's car, a Toyota Rav4 SUV, killing Tintor along with her dog, Max. Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

Following the incident, the Raiders released Ruggs. He was also put on house arrest with strict conditions as his criminal case moves forward.

Additional felony charges of DUI causing substantial injury and misdemeanor possession of a gun while under the influence were also filed. If Ruggs is found guilty of felony reckless driving and DUI causing death or substantial injury, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Ruggs would serve a mandatory two years, at least, and could also get more than 50 years in jail.

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This booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III following his arrest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Attorneys for Ruggs are fighting to keep his medical records out of the hands of prosecutors. Clark County Detention Center via AP, File

Attorney Peter Christiansen obtained the same temporary block on behalf of Ruggs' girlfriend, Kiara Je'nai Kilgo-Washington, who was with Ruggs in his Corvette and was also injured in the crash.

Outside court, Chesnoff said that in 40 years as a lawyer he has handled cases "where the facts that were presented at the outset of the case turned out not to be the facts."

"My job is to question all the facts," the defense attorney said.

Ruggs remained seated in a wheelchair with a foam brace on his neck during his initial court appearance last week.

Wolfson said at the time that prosecutors were told Ruggs suffered a leg injury and that Washington underwent surgery for an arm injury. The district attorney declined Wednesday to say more.

The judge set a Dec. 8 hearing to decide if the medical records must be turned over to police and prosecutors.

The Raiders released Ruggs hours after the crash. He was emerging as a star for the team this season with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.

Ruggs was picked 12th overall in the 2020 NFL draft after three years at Alabama during which he helped the Crimson Tide win the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2017.

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A photography of Tina Tintor, 23, and her dog is placed at a makeshift memorial site to honor them at South Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Las Vegas. Tintor and her dog were killed when Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs, accused of DUI, slammed into the rear of Tintor's vehicle. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal