Henry Ruggs in Hot Water

by Cole Arndorfer / November 15, 2021

Investigators at the scene of Henry Ruggs’ fatal car accident Tuesday, November 2 AP Photo/Eric Jamison

Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III finds himself in hot water after being charged in a fatal car crash on November 2.

Officially, Ruggs has been charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor for his involvement in a car crash early in the morning on November 2. Ruggs’ blood-alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit in the state of Nevada at the time of the accident.

According to local police, at 3:39 a.m. Henry Ruggs, traveling at a speed of 156 mph, crashed into 23-year-old Tina O. Tintor’s vehicle killing her and her dog. Ruggs was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries while his female passenger was taken into surgery for a severe arm injury.

Following the news of the incident, the Raiders immediately put out a statement saying, “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.” The team then promptly released the former twelfth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III makes an initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Ruggs is facing charges relating to a fiery vehicle crash early Tuesday in Las Vegas that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passenger injured. The team released Ruggs just hours after the crash. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, Pool)

The charges Ruggs is facing include two counts of felony driving under the influence causing death or substantial harm, two counts of felony reckless driving, and a misdemeanor possession of a gun under the influence of alcohol. According to the Clark County District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, the sentence could tally up to 50 years in prison.

Ruggs’ attorney, David Chesnoff, made it clear that it is important not to “prejudge” the case, telling reporters, “I have had multiple experiences where the facts that were presented at the outset of the case turned out not to be the facts.”

The defense’s court filling claims that, “Firemen did not attempt to extinguish the fire at Ms. Tintor’s vehicle for approximately 20 minutes at which time the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames.” The defense is now seeking a court order to view fire department records from the crash and the fire.

Ruggs’ has been placed on house arrest after making bail. He has been ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, not allowed to go anywhere, and he was forced to surrender his passport. If he fails any drug or alcohol test or otherwise breaks any rules of his bail, he will go back to jail.

A preliminary hearing date has been set for December 16 to decide if Ruggs will face trial in state court.

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