Judge orders Ruggs to return to court after missing alcohol test

Judge orders Ruggs to return to court after missing alcohol test

Las vigas A Las Vegas judge ordered Henry Rogers III, the former Ranger’s guard, on Monday after learning he had missed a required alcohol test while under house arrest following a fatal accident he was accused of causing by drunk driving at speeds of up to 156 miles per hour.

Roggs’ lawyers told Peace Judge Susan Bocome that Roggs “self-tested” negative shortly after one of his calls for a breath test was missed last weekend.

Ruggs’ attorney, David Chesnoff, blamed the delay on a problem with equipment testing.

A note later published in the court record shows that Roggs missed the test at 4:41 p.m. on Saturday and that he completed a “remote breath test client start” at 6:28 p.m.

The alcohol watchdog noted that it “could not confirm Mr. Roggs’ sobriety during this point in time,” and said that Ruggs’ attorney provided an updated phone number for Ruggs’ remote breath test text notifications.

Ruggs, 22, was not in court on Wednesday for the brief hearing during which Bocum also told his attorney that she would not issue a subpoena for fire department records about the November 2 fatal accident and fire. The judge said lawyers could obtain these records themselves.

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Ruggs may face a return to prison. The judge who set bail at $150,000 warned Roggs directly that if he did not comply with the release restrictions, he would face re-arrest.

Roggs is subject to home confinement through electronic monitoring and alcohol checks four times a day. He is required to respond to a phone or text signal by blowing into a device that checks his blood alcohol level. Records show that he owns a $1.1 million home not far from where the crash occurred.

Prosecutors said Roggs’ blood alcohol level after the accident was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit for drivers in Nevada.

Authorities said he and his girlfriend, Chiara Jenny Kilgo Washington, were injured when a Ruggs Chevrolet Corvette crashed into the back of a Tina Tintor Toyota RAV4, destroying that car’s fuel tank.

His lawyers said in court papers that a witness told them that the firefighters were slow to put out the flames and did not recognize the witness.

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Other witnesses said they heard screaming and tried to rescue Tintor, 23, and her dog, but the heat, flames and smoke were set back.

A Clark County spokesperson said there was no delay in firefighters responding or the attack to the blaze.

Bocom has set a preliminary hearing for December 16 for evidence of two criminal charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing death or serious injury. Each count carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence for conviction, and up to 20 years for each count.

Roggs also faces two counts of reckless driving and one misdemeanor charge with a weapon after police said a loaded pistol was found in his wrecked sports car.

Prosecutors said Roggs was shot in the leg and Washington underwent surgery to cut his arm.

Chesnov and attorney Richard Schoenfeld are fighting separately to prevent prosecutors from gaining access to Roggs’ medical records, and Washington’s attorney has launched similar efforts on her behalf. The hearing is scheduled for December 8.

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Raiders Ruggs made their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from Alabama, helping Crimson Tide win the 2017 NCAA Championship. He was a rising star for the Raiders this season but the team released him after being arrested in the accident.

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