Police report: Henry Ruggs III’s car traveling 156 mph
The Chevrolet Corvette driven by former Alabama standout Henry Ruggs III was traveling 127 mph when it hit a Toyota Rav4 at 3:39 a.m. Tuesday, according to the arrest report prepared by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Judge Joe Bonaventure set Ruggs’ bail at £150,000 on Wednesday morning after he was charged with two felony counts — driving under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled or prohibited substances resulting in death and reckless driving resulting in death.
The District Attorney’s Office had requested that Ruggs’ bail be set at £1 million.
Ruggs made his first appearance at Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday morning where Prosecutor Eric Bauman told Bonaventure that a blood test taken within two hours of the accident showed Riggs had a blood alcohol level of 0.161 percent.
The legal limit in Nevada is 0.08.
LVMPD used data from the Corvette’s airbag control module to determine the car was traveling at 156 mph 2.5 seconds before impact and 127 mph at the time of the crash near the intersection of South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway in Las Vegas.
The arrest report also said Ruggs declined to take a field sobriety test before being transported to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Ruggs’ girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who was a passenger in the Corvette, also was taken to the hospital. Ruggs was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He appeared in court on Wednesday in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace.
In addition to setting Ruggs’ bail, Bonaventure also ordered him to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances and not to drive while his case is adjudicated.
Ruggs had to surrender his passport and was placed in an electronic-monitoring program.
Ruggs’ next court appearance was set for Nov.
Ruggs was in his second season with the Las Vegas Raiders after the NFL team made him the 12th player picked in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But the Raiders waived Ruggs on Tuesday night.
In Nevada, a DUI-resulting-in-death conviction is punishable by two to 20 years in state prison, and probation is not a sentencing option.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.
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