Former Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III gets critical warning amid house arrest
Henry Ruggs III could face a re-arrest if he fails to comply with his release restrictions. That’s according to an article from Sports Illustrated, which explained that the Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver missed one of his routine alcohol tests while on house arrest.
Ruggs was released after posting his $150,000 bail and put on house arrest. This is after he was charged with a DUI that resulted in a young woman’s death.
Although he was put in house confinement, the judge directly warned him that non-compliance could lead to his arrest a second time.
Currently, Ruggs’ house arrest includes four alcohol checks a day and electronic monitoring. To complete the alcohol checks, he must “respond to a telephone or text signal by blowing into a device that checks his blood-alcohol level,” Sports Illustrated wrote. Ruggs jeopardized this arrangement when he missed a routine test last week.
When Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum learned that Ruggs missed a test, she ordered him to court on Monday. There, lawyers told Baucum that Ruggs “self-tested” shortly after missing the original test and the result came back negative. David Chesnoff, Ruggs’ attorney, blamed the issues on the testing equipment.
An article from USA Today reported that Ruggs missed the required test at 4:41 p.m. on Saturday evening. The Raiders star then completed “a client-initiated remote breath test” at 6:28 p.m.
Ruggs will appear in court on December 16 for the preliminary hearing of evidence on the case. This is for two felony charges of driving under the influence causing death or serious injury. These could result in 40 years of prison time. Ruggs also faces a misdemeanor weapon charge and two felony reckless driving counts.