Judge rules blood alcohol test results allowed as evidence in case of former Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III, charged in fiery crash that killed woman, dog

A Las Vegas judge ruled Tuesday that blood alcohol tests are allowed as proof when it comes to previous Las Vegas Raiders pass receiver Henry Ruggs III, who has actually been implicated of driving 156 miles per hour while intoxicated, triggering a crash that eliminated 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her pet last November.

Ruggs is charged with numerous felonies, consisting of driving under the impact leading to death and negligent driving. A cops report stated that Ruggs declined to take a field sobriety test on website.

“There’s obvious time constraints in applying for a search warrant for a blood draw,” Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman stated. “Under the totality of the circumstances, there is more than sufficient evidence for a finding of probable cause for the issuance of the search warrant in this case.

“Nobody has actually pointed out up until now that Mr. Ruggs was seriously hurt in this mishap and transferred to the health center, so he would have been not able to send to field sobriety tests. Coupled with his rejection to respond to concerns, this does not lead to a benefit. … Motion to reduce is rejected.”

A lawyer for Ruggs, David Chesnoff, had argued there was no probable cause for the tests, which were taken about two hours after the pre-dawn crash. Authorities say Ruggs’ blood alcohol content was 0.16 — more than twice Nevada’s legal limit. But Chesnoff said that officers on the scene knew they didn’t have enough evidence for probable cause, that involvement in the fiery crash wasn’t enough.

Chesnoff claimed that it didn’t matter to the sergeant on the scene.

“And that’s what’s incorrect,” Chesnoff argued. “It does matter, and it needs to matter because, if it does not matter, then we remain in lawless society.”

Authorities state that Ruggs was speeding west of The Strip when his Corvette Stingray hit Tintor’s Toyota RAV4, moving the Toyota 571 feet and setting it on fire. A coroner ruled in December that Tintor and her pet, Max, burned to death.

The 12th total choice in the 2020 draft — the initial draft choice of the Raiders — Ruggs was a standout at Alabama, where he was among the fastest gamers in college football.

He was launched from the health center, launched from custody on a $150,000 bond and launched by the Raiders in the middle of his 2nd season. Ruggs was placed on home arrest, with alcohol and place electronic tracking gadgets.

Ruggs waits for an initial hearing — now set for Sept. 7 — to identify whether he will stand trial in state court. That hearing has actually been rescheduled 4 times — the most recent post ponement coming last month.

If founded guilty, the 23-year-old deals with a minimum of 2 years and an optimum of 50 years in jail.

ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill added to this report.

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