Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Rugs III was granted hard talk by a Las Vegas judge but was allowed to remain under house arrest after a fatal crash with a continuous alcohol monitor on one ankle and a GPS monitor on the other due to which he was charged. driving drunk.
Justice of the Peace Suzanne Bokum told Raggs and her attorneys that after a hearing on November 13 about the delay in providing remote breath-alcohol testing with a hand-held device at Rugs, she was “in need of a high level of monitoring”. comfortable with”.
“But if there has been a lapse, if there is a problem, if there is any alcohol detected in your system, you need to know that this court is going to be problematic to proceed,” she said.
Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schoenfeld said their client took a test “very carefully” anyway on November 13 and met the three-hour requirement by submitting a negative test.
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“Henry did the right thing by still testing within the window,” said Chesnoff, standing in front of the judge with rags. “He should not be punished because his case attracts so much attention.”
Since his release on November 3 from prison on $150,000 bail, Raggs has passed more than 77 breath-alcohol tests, his attorney told the judge.
Raggs’ lawyers also submitted testimonials from two people who said they were with Rugs when they missed the call on November 13, and heard no signal from the monitor.
Las Vegas police still have Rags’ cellphone, Chesnoff said, and he has now provided a new phone number to Nevada’s SCRAM surveillance system.
The hand-held device emitted a signal while Rugs stood before the judge, requiring Rugs to submit a breath test after a court hearing.
Police and prosecutors say Rugs, 22, and his girlfriend, Kiara Zenai in Kilgo-Washington, were injured in an early November 2 crash when Rugs’ Chevrolet Corvette collided with the rear of a Toyota Rav 4 that caught fire. Went.
Tina Tintor, 23, died in a Toyota.
Chesnoff did not specify Rugs’ injuries, but told the judge that a leg cast that initially prevented the use of an ankle monitor has been removed.
Chesnoff and Schoenfeld are fighting separately to block prosecutors from accessing Rugs’ medical records, and a Kilgo-Washington attorney has launched a similar effort on their behalf. A hearing on that question is scheduled for December 8.
Prosecutors say Rugs had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16% — double the legal limit for drivers in Nevada — and that his vehicle hit a speed of 156 mph (251 kph) before the accident.
Raggs is due to have an evidence of driving under two felony effect charges, each of which carries a mandatory prison term of two to 20 years if convicted, plus felonies of reckless driving and a felony. Rape is a charge of weapon. Police say they found a loaded gun in his damaged sports car.
The Raiders released the Rugs just hours after the accident.
The team made the Rugs their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from Alabama, and he was a rising star for the Raiders this season.