I have no experience with what Henry Ruggs is going through, not really even on a small scale, but… I would like to think that if I were going through something remotely similar that I would be on point with my court requirements.
Well, as part of the conditions of his release from jail, Ruggs had been ordered to submit to alcohol testing several times a day… which just over 10 days in, we messed up on. At least according to the judge said he missed one of those check-ins. I will consider that a good source.
As a result, the judge amended the orders and now Ruggs will have to wear an ankle device to measure the levels of alcohol in his system through his skin. The former NFL player had previously been testing his alcohol levels via a handheld device.
Ruggs is due back in court in December for another hearing in his DUI case.
Ruggs was reportedly driving 156mph just before the wreck, breaking down to 127mph right before impact, and was tested at a .161 BAC, more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.
Prosecutors in his case have filed five felonies, as a result of his accident that left one woman dead.
Prosecutors now have decided to charge Ruggs with additional felony counts of DUI and reckless driving due to the injuries suffered by his passenger, girlfriend Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who also goes by Rudy Washington. The misdemeanor charge is possession of a firearm while under the influence, stemming from a loaded gun found in Ruggs’ car at the scene.
Ruggs’ accident marks the fourth active NFL player in the last 25 years to be involved in a drunk-driving incident that resulted in death. The Las Vegas police tweeted that “Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death, and according to USA Today, conviction on these charges could result in a sentence of two to 20 years in prison, under Nevada Law, which identifies the charge as a Class B felony.
All three previous players not only got lighter sentences than the average citizen would, all three returned to the NFL.