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Judge orders former Raider Henry Ruggs III to appear in court after missed breathalyzer test

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Posted at 5:25 AM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-17 14:19:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A judge has ordered former Raider Henry Ruggs III to appear in court again after she says he failed to provide a scheduled breathalyzer test.

Lawyers appeared on his behalf Wednesday.

After posting bail, Ruggs was placed on house arrest with very strict conditions. One of those conditions was to be checked for alcohol four times a day -- and he missed one of those breathalyzer tests.

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Attorneys for Ruggs say the reason for missing it was because the machine was not working, so instead, he took an at-home test.

"He’s been dutiful, completely dutiful,” said counsel representing Ruggs. “He also self-tested after the missed test.”

The judge, Suzan Baucum, wasn’t open to any excuses.

"It doesn’t matter, he still missed it so I’d like to see a plan,” she responded.

Ruggs will have to physically appear in court on Monday, Nov. 22.

13 Action News Reporter Alyssa Bethencourt is at the hearing. Follow her on Twitter for updates at @a_bethencourttv.

Ruggs is accused of driving 156 mph while intoxicated with his girlfriend as a passenger in his Corvette.

Test results revealed his blood-alcohol level was 0.16% at the time of the crash, more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.

Despite the evidence, Ruggs’ attorneys have said time and time again they plan to conduct their own investigation.

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“We have a constitution, we have a rule of law. and my job and my partner, Mr. Schonfeld’s job is to examine the facts and let the truth come out,” Chesnoff said.

Last Wednesday, prosecutors filed additional felony charges of driving under the influence causing substantial injury and misdemeanor gun possession against Ruggs.

Clark County district attorney Steve Wolfson said Ruggs would serve at least a mandatory two years behind bars and could get more than 50 years if he’s found guilty of DUI causing death and felony reckless driving.

Ruggs is currently on house arrest with strict conditions while his criminal case proceeds.