Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was driving 156 mph with twice the legal alcohol limit in his system before crashing into another car, killing the driver, officials said on Wednesday.
Ruggs was in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace when he first appeared in court in Las Vegas, where a judge set the player’s bail at $ 150,000.
Clark County prosecutors had requested $ 1 million bail for Ruggs, who was taken into custody Tuesday night on suspicion of impaired driving resulting in significant bodily harm or death and reckless driving, said officials.
He could face further more serious charges resulting from Tuesday’s fatal crash when Ruggs was driving a Corvette that struck the rear of a Toyota Rav4 at 3:39 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, police said.
The Toyota caught fire and the female driver inside was killed, near South Rainbow Boulevard and South Spring Valley Parkway.
Ruggs was clocked at 156 mph 2.5 seconds before impact and was traveling at 127 mph at the time of impact, prosecutors said.
Blood was drawn from Ruggs shortly after the crash, showing a blood alcohol level of 0.161, double the legal limit for drunk driving in Nevada, prosecutors said.
Outside the courtroom on Wednesday, defense lawyer David Chesnoff urged the public to reserve judgment until all inquiries are completed. He declined to comment on his client’s speedometer which reportedly hit 156 mph.
“We will investigate the matter. We are going to judge her in the courtroom, ”Chesnoff told reporters. “It’s America, he’s entitled to his day in court.” “
The wide and quick receiver was cut by the Raiders on Tuesday night.
Ruggs was playing his second season in the NFL in Alabama. In 20 games of his young NFL career with the Raiders, Ruggs caught 50 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns.