Las Vegas Metro Police Department confirms Henry Ruggs DUI charge
After a fatal car accident earlier today in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department has confirmed the Henry Ruggs DUI charge. Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III, 22, went to the University of Alabama and was the 12th overall pick in the 2020 draft.
Ruggs’ Corvette collided with a Toyota RAV4 around 3:39 a.m. on Tuesday, according to local news sources and ESPN. The RAV4 caught on fire and a body was discovered inside. When law enforcement arrived, Ruggs was remaining at the scene of the accident showing signs of impairment.
The Associated Press reported that the female passenger in Ruggs’ Corvette was also injured. Per Metro Police, the deceased female in the RAV4 was 23 years old. Ruggs’ did not have any life threatening injuries but was still taken to the University Medical Center Hospital of Southern Nevada.
The Las Vegas Raiders issued the following statement regarding the Henry Ruggs accident:
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 2, 2021
A conviction for drunk driving that results in death in Nevada carries a minimum sentence of two years in state prison and a maximum sentence of twenty years, according to Nevada state law. This means the Henry Ruggs DUI Charge will cost him at least two seasons and won’t be back till 2024 the earliest. Ruggs’ lawyer has issued a statement indicating that he will conduct his own investigation of the accident.
Our condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragic car accident. There is no confirmation whether or not Ruggs will be available for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. At this moment, his status with both the team and the NFL has not been determined.