Henry Ruggs must return to court after missing a court-ordered alcohol test

Las Vegas Raiders Wide Receiver Henry Ruggs III Appears In Court Following Fatal DUI Crash
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Former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III will return to court on Monday after missing an alcohol test.

Via the Associated Press, a judge in Las Vegas ordered Ruggs to appear on Monday. His lawyers told Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum that Ruggs “self-tested” negative shortly after missing a phone calls for a court-ordered breath test over the weekend. Attorney David Chesnoff blamed the delay on issues with the equipment.

Court records, per the report, indicate that Ruggs missed a test at 4:41 p.m. local time on Saturday, and that he completed a “client initiated” breath test at 6:28 p.m.

It’s the latest skirmish in a legal fight arising from Ruggs’s Corvette slamming into a vehicle carrying 23-year-old Tina Tintor, who died in a fire along with her dog. If Ruggs fails to comply with the terms of his home confinement, which prohibits him from drinking alcohol of any kind, his bail could be rescinded pending trial.

During a Wednesday hearing, Baucum also denied a request for fire department records. Ruggs’s lawyers are exploring an argument that delayed response caused or contributed to Tina Tintor’s death. They claim that a witness will testify that firefighters were slow to extinguish the flames.

A spokesman for Clark County told the AP that there were no delays of any kind. Baucum indicated that the issue may be revisited, if the lawyers can’t otherwise get the materials.

Also, Ruggs’s lawyers are trying to keep prosecutors from getting his medical records. Lawyers representing Ruggs’s girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, are also fighting to keep her records from prosecutors. A hearing on that issue has been set for December 8.

Ruggs, who allegedly was driving 156 mph just before impact and who allegedly had a blood-alcohol concentration of more than 0.16, faces up to 46 years in prison. His lawyers have the right to put the prosecution through all paces, forcing them to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all key elements of the crimes with which he is charged.

33 responses to “Henry Ruggs must return to court after missing a court-ordered alcohol test

  1. You cause a fire and then blame others for being slow to put it out? Everyone is entitled to a defense and due process but this just feels slimey.

  2. No offense…but he killed someone. Why the F is he out on bond? That’s a regular joe, they’d be in county jail till their court date.

  3. Pretty messed up that this dudes lawyers are trying to blame first responders for the victims death. Does anyone take accountability these days? We already know he was drunk and speeding. I realize defense attorneys are usually low on the bar as far as morals but seriously? Someone died and he’s trying to save himself from owning up to the responsibility of that. Hopefully he’s living it up in that 1.1 million dollar house of his cause pretty soon he’s gonna be living in the same size room as one of his coat closets. He’s a scumbag and this song and dance proves it.

  4. You can’t be serious. Dude kills someone and is already missing alcohol tests. No remorse whatsoever.

  5. Lets blame the fire department for not saving the life of a woman trapped in a car set afire by our drunken, reckless, client who drives at 350% of the legal speed limit. Disgusting.

  6. Meanwhile the woman and her dog max are still very dead and burned to death in a flaming car that Ruggs doesnt really care about. Its all about him.

  7. hmmm…what exactly do you have to do (or should I ask “how many people must you kill?) before you spend time in an actual jail?

    Victims don’t matter in this society, in case you didn’t notice.

  8. This dude just doesn’t get it. Maybe Baker Mayfield will petition the court to go easy on him…

  9. Ya, it was the firefighters who were slow to put out the fire that caused the car to burst into flames, not that he was intoxicated and driving 156 MPH. I get he’s a millionaire and can afford good attorneys, but it doesn’t make it right, take ownership. You’re sober now, right?

  10. “She would still be alive if someone was there to put out the fire I started with my reckless driving” is one hell of a bold defense. Good luck with that.

  11. If Ruggs can’t comply with the judge’s orders, then he should be locked up. This girl’s family is suffering a huge loss because of him.

  12. Does this guy understand the seriousness of his situation? It really doesn’t look like it. Also, why isn’t he locked up?

  13. So much for showing remorse for your actions.todays youth just doesn’t get it.Its a shame this young man will have to learn to mature in a place that forces you to grow up like prison

  14. “They claim that a witness will testify that firefighters were slow to extinguish the flames.”

    Unless that witness is an expert in fires and extinguishing them from vehicles filled with other explosive materials (gasoline), that person has no valid opinion that the firefighters were “slow” doing their job

  15. Has been playing on line video games while people suffer from the loss if their daughter. Lock him up!

  16. The only thing that is positive about this whole mess is that any punishment he gets here on earth is nothing compared to what he’ll get when he meets his maker. He needs to be processed to the full extent of the law and locked away. Let him stew for the rest of his life knowing he burned a woman and her dog to death – may he replay the sounds of their cries forever.

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