A Las Vegas judge has ordered former Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III back to court after missing a scheduled alcohol test in conjunction with his house arrest following his deadly car accident, driving at 156 mph, and killing a female passenger.
Ruggs’ lawyer’s excuse told the Judge that he had ‘self-tested negative after missing a call for a breath test last week. According to court records, Ruggs missed a test at 4:41 p.m. Saturday, and that he completed “a client-initiated remote breath test” at 6:28 p.m. Ruggs has an electronic monitor and is subject to a four-times-a-day alcohol check according to his house arrest. Ruggs must respond to a phone call or by blowing into a device that checks his blood alcohol content. Records show he owns a $1.1 million home not far from where the crash occurred.
The alcohol-monitoring agency that conducts the test noted that it could neither confirm nor deny Ruggs’ sobriety and said his attorney provided an updated phone number for text notifications for Ruggs’ remote breath tests.
Ruggs, 22, was not in court Wednesday for a brief hearing during which Baucum declined his lawyers’ request for a court order to obtain fire department records about the Nov. 2 crash and fire. Ruggs could head back to jail as the Judge who set his bail warned him that if he didn’t comply with the restrictions in compliance with his release, he could face re-arrest.
The preliminary hearing is set a Dec. 16. In that hearing, evidence on the two felony charges Ruggs faces for driving under the influence causing death or serious injury. Each charge carries a two-year mandatory and can get as much as 20 years each.
Ruggs III is looking at 50 years in jail if he is convicted on all charges.
His lawyers are blaming the firefighters for the death of Tina Tinator and her dog Max.
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