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Henry Ruggs III drove 156 mph before crash; BAC twice the legal limit

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Henry Ruggs III drove 156 miles per hour seconds prior to fatal car crash, prosecutors say

Former Las Vegas Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III was traveling 156 mph just before the fiery wreck in Las Vegas that left a woman dead, according to prosecutors. Additionally, his blood alcohol content was reportedly twice the legal limit.

Ruggs, 22, appeared in court on Wednesday morning, one day after being arrested on suspicion of DUI following the high-speed crash early Tuesday morning.

According to prosecutors, Ruggs was traveling at 156 mph in his Corvette mere seconds before the crash. His speed was reportedly 127 mph at the time the airbags deployed. Judge Joe Bonaventure said he couldn’t recall an instance of speeds that high in his entire career as a judge.

In addition, prosecutors said Ruggs’ blood-alcohol content (BAC) was .161 — just over double the legal limit.

Bonaventure set the bail at $150,000, ordering Ruggs not to drive and to abstain from alcohol and other controlled substances.

Ruggs lost his best friend Rod Scott to a car accident back in high school, making it all the more questionable that the promising young star decided to get behind the wheel, not just intoxicated, but heavily impaired.

The 22-year-old played hero for the Raiders in one of the NFL’s most stunning endings in 2020 when beat Lamar Jackson and Gregg Williams’s New York Jets defense. The miracle touchdown kept the Jets winless at the time and their hopes to land Trevor Lawrence alive.

Obviously, the Jets later won a couple of games, moving them into the No. 2 slot of the 2021 NFL draft. And now, the rookie who forced Jets fans to shout for joy during a loss is out of work.

Ruggs was released by the Raiders Tuesday evening and is currently facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving. His football career, it would currently seem, is the least of his worries.

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