Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was traveling 156 miles per hour before a crash that killed a women and her dog.
In court, prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood-alcohol level was two times above the legal limit, in addition, a loaded gun was also found in his vehicle:
The fiery crash involved two cars; a Toyota Rav4 and a Chevrolet Corvette, which Ruggs was driving, police said.
The crash was reported around 3:39 a.m. on Rainbow Boulevard near Spring Valley Parkway and caused the complete closure of Rainbow between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road for several hours as police investigated.
According to Metro police, a preliminary investigation shows Ruggs’ car rear-ended the Toyota, killing the woman inside. Ruggs remained on the scene and showed signs of impairment, police said.
Both cars traveled more than 500 feet after impact, police said.
Ruggs appeared in court on Wednesday, his bail was set at $150,000 and ordered him to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances. He was ordered not to drive and to surrender his passport. The judge also said that in his career on the court, he could never recall seeing a speed that high.
Ruggs was the Raiders’ first pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He played for the University of Alabama. Washington attends Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, where she plays on the volleyball team.
Ruggs, who was released from the Raiders on Tuesday night, is being represented by high-profile attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld. The attorneys released a statement hours after the crash asking “everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
If convicted on a charge of DUI causing death, Ruggs would face a sentence of two to 20 years in prison. The reckless driving charge carries a sentence of one to six years.
Ruggs was transported to University Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.