UPDATED 11/3, 12:15 p.m. ET: Police have confirmed Henry Ruggs III is being accused of driving 156 mph just before his crash, and still moving at 127 mph when he made contact in the accident that took the life of 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog.
Ruggs, 22, is also accused of driving with a blood alcohol content of .161—over double the legal limit—with a loaded firearm in the passenger side floorboard. His 22-year-old girlfriend was in the car and, like Ruggs, was “seriously injured,” per 8 News Now.
In his mugshot and Wednesday court appearance, Ruggs wore a neck brace and had a cut on his face.
TMZ adds that the now-ex-Raiders player “refused to participate in field sobriety tests before he was transported to the hospital.”
UPDATED 11/3, 12:05 a.m. ET: Henry Ruggs III has been released by the Raiders.
“The Raiders are aware of an accident involving Henry Ruggs III that occurred this morning in Las Vegas,” the team said in a statement before making the announcement that they were releasing the wide receiver. “We are devastated by the loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. We are in the process of gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”
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At 3:39 a.m., Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to a traffic collision, involving a Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Rav4. An initial investigation indicates the front of the Corvette, driven by Ruggs, collided with the rear of the Toyota, which was set ablaze. After the fire was contained, a deceased victim was found inside.
Ruggs, who allegedly showed “signs of impairment,” remained at the scene before being transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He’s expected to be charged with a DUI resulting in death, according to Las Vegas police.
His attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld told TMZ Sports, “On behalf of our client Henry Ruggs III we are conducting our own investigation as of this writing and ask everyone to reserve judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
8 News Now reporter Hector Mejia shared footage of the aftermath of the crash.
The Raiders released the following statement on the incident: