Henry Ruggs III arrested on charge of DUI resulting in death, released by Raiders
Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III has been arrested and booked on a charge of DUI resulting in the death of another person following his involvement in a traffic collision at approximately 3:39 a.m. PT on Tuesday in Las Vegas, according to police.
Late Tuesday night, the Las Vegas Raiders announced they had released Ruggs.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday that officers responded to a traffic collision involving a Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota Rav4. Responding officers located the Toyota Rav4 on fire, and fire department personnel located “a deceased victim inside the Toyota,” according to authorities.
In a press release Tuesday afternoon, LVMPD announced the deceased victim was a 23-year-old woman. Pending notification, her name has not been released.
LVMPD identified the driver of the Chevrolet as Ruggs, who remained on the scene and “showed signs of impairment.”
Ruggs, 22, and a 22-year-old female passenger, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, per police. Ruggs was booked at 2:11 p.m. PT into Clark County Detention Center.
In addition to the charge of DUI resulting in the death of another person, Ruggs also faces a charge of reckless driving. Any possible bail will not be determined until Ruggs sees a judge.
Las Vegas police say Henry Ruggs will be charged with felony DUI resulting in death
Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs escaped serious injury in a car accident that happened on Tuesday morning. However, the two-car accident resulted in a fatality — and Ruggs allegedly was driving under the influence.
Las Vegas police have issued a statement indicating that Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death.
Under Nevada law, DUI resulting in death is a Class B felony. Punishment includes two to 20 years in prison.
Raiders Receiver to Be Charged in Fatal Car Crash
Henry Ruggs III will be charged with driving under the influence, the police said, after a crash that left one person dead in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning. The Raiders released Ruggs by the end of the day.
Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III faces drunken-driving charges in connection with a car collision early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas that left one person dead.
The crash happened early Tuesday morning when a sports car Ruggs was driving hit an S.U.V., the police said. According to a statement released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the fire department was called to the scene, where it found a 23-year-old woman dead in the struck vehicle.
Ruggs remained on the scene, the police said, and “showed signs of impairment.” The statement added that Ruggs would be charged with driving under the influence resulting in death. No charges have been filed yet, according to the Clark County District Attorney’s office in Nevada. If convicted of the charge, a felony, Ruggs, 22, faces two to 20 years in prison.
He was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, the police said. A 22-year-old female passenger in Ruggs’s vehicle was also injured, the police said.
Raiders release Raiders’ Henry Ruggs III after fatal Vegas crash
Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said they are investigating the crash on behalf of their client “and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
Chesnoff declined additional comment after Ruggs was released from University Medical Center and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The Raiders didn’t wait for the courts to act, sending out a brief statement Tuesday night announcing Ruggs’ release. The Raiders had issued a statement earlier in the day saying the team was aware of the crash, “devastated by the loss of life,” and “in the process of gathering information.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim of this horrific tragedy. We will continue to gather facts and monitor the matter under our policies, but our thoughts at this time are with those impacted by this devastating incident.”
Ruggs was supposed to be a cornerstone for the Raiders. He was picked 12th overall in the 2020 draft after a productive three-year career at Alabama, including helping the Crimson Tide win the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2017.
Ruggs was one of the fastest receivers in the game and was following a long line of speedster wideouts on the Raiders following players like Art Powell, Warren Wells and Cliff Branch.
After an unimpressive rookie season, Ruggs was emerging as a star this season with 24 catches for a team-high 469 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2020, he had 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns.
The crash occurred three weeks after Jon Gruden abruptly resigned as Raiders coach over emails he sent before being hired by the team in 2018. Gruden stepped down after The New York Times reported that the emails had racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.
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Henry Ruggs III is a former American football wide receiver for the National Football League.
(born January 24, 1999)
He was a three-sport athlete in high school and played college football at Alabama. Ruggs was the fastest player at the 2020 NFL combine, and he was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
On November 2, 2021, Ruggs was charged with a DUI after he was involved in a crash that killed a 23-year-old woman; the Raiders released him later that day.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The club plays its home games at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, and is headquartered in Henderson, Nevada.
Driving under the influence
Driving under the influence (DUI) is the offense of driving, operating, or being in control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs (including recreational drugs and those prescribed by physicians), to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely.