Former Las Vegas Raider Henry Ruggs III drove 250 km / h with double the legal drink limit at the time of the fatal accident

The fired NFL player Henry Ruggs III was driving at 250 km / h with an alcohol content in his blood twice the legal limit of Nevada when his sports car crashed into the back of a vehicle and killed a 23-year-old woman.

The Las Vegas Raiders released Ruggs on Wednesday (AEDT), just hours after the crash and shortly after, he was released from a hospital and enrolled in a Las Vegas prison.

The 22-year-old former first-round NFL draft pick remained seated in a wheelchair with a foam bar on his neck and prison guards as his elbows during his first appearance on pending criminal charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death. and reckless driving.

The extent of his injuries was not disclosed, though Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said outside court that he believed Ruggs suffered a leg injury.

Ruggs’ girlfriend, identified by police as Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, 22, from Las Vegas, was with him in the car and was injured in the accident. She was operated on Tuesday for a serious arm injury, authorities said.

A police handout photo of Henry Ruggs III, who has a cut on his nose and wears a headband
Ruggs are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving.(Getty Images / Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

According to police, Tina O Tintor was the name of the Las Vegas woman who died with her dog in a wrecked and burned Toyota Rav4. Records show that she lived several streets from where the crash happened.

Four men, whom Wolfson later identified as family members, attended the hearing but declined to speak to reporters.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M Bonaventure said he was concerned about his first review of the case against the Ruggs, adding that in 16 years on the bench he had never heard of a crash involving a vehicle driving so fast.

Nevertheless, he rejected prosecutor Eric Bauman’s request to set Ruggs ‘bail at $ 1.3 million and instead set the amount at $ 200,000 with strict conditions, including home detention, electronic surveillance, no alcohol, no driving and handing over Ruggs’ passports. .

Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, had argued that bail by law is intended to ensure that their client returns to court, not to punish him.

Bonaventure, who in January 2008 returned former football star OJ Simpson to prison for violating the terms of his pre-trial release in an armed robbery case, warned Ruggs that if he did not comply with restrictions, he would face retention and a return. to prison.

A smashed and burned car
Henry Ruggs III’s wrecked Chevrolet Corvette.(Getty Images: Ethan Miller)

Wolfson said outside court that he intended to file another DUI charge against Ruggs in connection with injuries to Kilgo-Washington. Bonaventure noted that the couple has a three-year-old daughter together.

The district attorney said he might also file a gun charge against Ruggs in connection with possession of a gun while under the influence of alcohol. Ruggs had a loaded gun in the car at the time of the crash.

Bauman told the judge that airbag computer records showed the Corvette decelerated from 251 km / h to 204 km / h before crashing into the Toyota approx.

Bauman said Ruggs did not cooperate with police and doctors and that his blood alcohol level within the required two hours after the crash was 0.16 percent. Police said earlier in a statement that Ruggs “showed signs of weakening”.

Probation is not an option in Nevada for a conviction on a charge of DUI causing death, or DUI causing significant bodily harm. Both have a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison in the state.

A Las Vegas NFL player stands with his hands on his hips before a game in 2020.
Ruggs was released by the Raiders hours after the crash.(Getty: Chris Unger)

Added to a possible one-to-six years for reckless driving, Bauman told Bonaventure that Ruggs could risk up to 46 years behind bars if convicted.

Wolfson said investigators found that he spent several hours at TopGolf, a sports entertainment venue in Las Vegas, and may have been at the home of a friend for several hours before the crash.

The Raiders did not wait for the courts to act, issuing a brief statement announcing Ruggs’ release.

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The team and the league condoled earlier in the day the family of the woman who died and promised to gather facts about what the NFL called “this devastating incident.”

Ruggs should be a cornerstone for the Raiders. He was selected as the 12th overall in the 2020 draft after three years in Alabama, including helping Crimson Tide win the NCAA Championship as a freshman in 2017.

He appeared as a star this season with 24 catches for a hold-high 469 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches on 452 yards and two touchdowns.

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