Raiders Star Henry Ruggs Yelled At Hospital Staff And Police After ‘Drunk’ 156 MPH Crash That Killed 23-Year-Old Woman
Natasha Anderson and Alex Raskin, Daily Mail, November 4, 2021
Disgraced NFL star Henry Ruggs III yelled at hospital staff and police when they tried to investigate him over a fatal crash on Tuesday morning in Las Vegas that resulted in the death of a woman, a police report has said.
‘Ruggs began to yell, ”Get me the **** out of here,”’ read the police report obtained by KLAS. ‘Ruggs continued to yell from his bed and refused to listen to hospital staff.’
At around 3:40am, the now-former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver slammed his car into 23-year-old Tina Tintor’s Toyota Rav4 at 127mph, slowing down from his original speed of 156mph, Las Vegas police have alleged.
Ruggs is accused of being drunk when his Corvette crashed into Tintor’s SUV which burst into flames, causing her and her dog to burn alive. Witnesses have said she was heard screaming but couldn’t escape. Ruggs and his girlfriend – Rudy Washington – suffered serious injuries.
When officers went to speak to Ruggs at the hospital, he told them to ‘get out of here’ and refused to submit an evidentiary blood test, according to the report. Furthermore, the report states that Ruggs told investigating officers he did not remember what happened and responded ‘no’ several times.
A judge later approved a warrant for a blood draw at University Medical Center, with prosecutors saying that the 22-year-old’s blood alcohol level was found to be 0.161 – two times Nevada’s legal limit.
Video shared to social media about four hours before the fatal crash shows Ruggs taking swings at TopGolf in Las Vegas while Washington records him. Washington is seated at a table with another man, and there are several glasses seen on the table.
Washington is heard talking and laughing as her boyfriend takes a swing down the floodlit driving range.
‘What you laughing for?’ Washington says to their guest, before directing her comments to Ruggs. ‘You be under pressure when you on camera,’ she continued. ‘That’s what it is.’
The group, including Ruggs, does not appear to be intoxicated at this time.
According to the police report, Ruggs told officers he was driving to his $1.1 million home at the time of the crash.
‘When I asked Ruggs to clarify, he just repeated, ”home, home,” and then began mumbling,’ the officer wrote in the police report. The officer also described his speech as ‘not understandable’ and his attitude as ‘unresponsive.’
Police said Ruggs then attempted to pull the IVs out of his arm.
‘As medical staff advised Ruggs to stop removing the medical equipment, Ruggs began to yell, ‘Get me the **** out of here,” the report said. ‘Ruggs continued to yell from his bed and refused to listen to hospital staff and yelled they were not doing anything for him.’
‘As I spoke with Ruggs I asked if he would open his eyes,’ the report said. ‘At that time, Ruggs refused to answer any questions nor cooperate by opening his eyes.’
Washington is said to have told police that the couple had been at TopGolf earlier in the night – confirming what is shown in the earlier video shared to social media – and that the pair had been drinking, the report says.
She told officers that she did not know how many drinks Ruggs had, the report added.
Officials say the SUV flew more than 570 feet before coming to a stop and bursting into flames.
Several bystanders rushed over to help Tintor, including Alexander Hart, a security guard for a condominium complex near the scene of the accident, according to a police report obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Hart heard the crash and jumped into his security vehicle to rush to the scene, according to the report.
As Hart told police, Tintor was still alive and screaming, but he couldn’t pull her out because she was pinned inside the vehicle, which ‘was soon overcome with smoke and heat from flames.’
Hart said he saw Ruggs hanging from the driver’s side door of his vehicle with his feet on the floor board and ‘his body on the road.’
Tintor and her dog, who was in the backseat, both died.
Both the NFL star and his girlfriend suffered serious injuries during the crash.
Ruggs’ mugshot was released Wednesday, showing the now-former Raiders receiver with a neck brace and a cut across his nose. He arrived at Wednesday’s hearing in a wheelchair.
The team dropped Ruggs, 22, just hours before his first court appearance on felony charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death. If convicted, he could face anywhere between two to 46 years in prison, according to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
Ruggs could also face additional charges for a handgun that police allegedly found on the driver’s side of his Corvette.
Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia spoke Wednesday and first read from a prepared statement.
‘We want to express our sincere condolences to the victim’s family,’ Bisaccia said. ‘A person lost their life yesterday morning, and we think it’s important to keep focus on that as we talk about this tragic event. We’re deeply saddened for everyone affected. Especially, the victim’s family.
‘That being said, we love Henry Ruggs and want him to know that. It was a terrible lapse in judgment, of the most horrific kind. It’s something that he’ll have to live with the rest of his life. The gravity of the situation is not lost on anyone here and we understand and respect the loss of life,’ the coach said.
The crash occurred three weeks after Jon Gruden abruptly resigned as Raiders coach over emails he sent before being hired by the team in 2018. Gruden stepped down after The New York Times reported that the emails had racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.