The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, February 24 – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough pled guilty to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated – First Offense, a Class B Misdemeanor. Keough received a conviction for the offense, a 90-day driver’s license suspension, and the maximum $2,000.00, as well as $3,100 in additional fines. The State of Texas will not incarcerate Keough for the offense, because he received a sentence of 3 days in Jail but got a credit for time served.
Keough also paid the court costs.
Montgomery County First District Attorney Mike Holley commented, “Like many citizens of Montgomery County in a similar situation, Mr. Keough, through his plea of guilty, has accepted responsibility for the charge. This plea resolves any criminal responsibility for the events surrounding the automobile crash of September 10, 2020.”
Keough traveled over 52 miles per hour in the westbound lanes of Grogans Mill Road near Blue Fox Road in The Woodlands on the morning of September 10 and crashed his Lexus SUV into two vehicles, the second of which was a Precinct 2 Deputy Constable parked on the side of the road. The speed limit is 30 miles per hour. Keough was largely unable to respond to questions by Sergeant Pullen at the scene of the accident due to his drug condition. Emergency Medical Services transported Keough to Memorial Hermann Hospital for his injuries, which included a broken pelvis.
Keough’s vehicle struck at least one other vehicle in addition to the Precinct 5 Chevy Tahoe sitting off the roadway on the right shoulder. Deputy Lonnie Harrison, who sat in the Tahoe when Keough struck it, suffered from back and neck pain and also went to Memorial Hermann Hospital for evaluation.
Montgomery County Attorney B.D. Griffin spoke with Keough that morning. Keough told Griffin that “he had just run a red light” and later stated he had “hit a curb.” Keough then proceeded to ask Griffin, “Have you ever had one of those days?”
Keough was on his way to a meeting with Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch at the Woodlands Resort. Keough drove past the turn for that meeting.
A blood sample of Keough’s blood revealed that the blood contained 155.5 ng/mL of zolpidem (also known as Ambien, a depressant), 1.5 ng/ML of fentanyl (also known on the streets as Murder 8, Tango & Cash, or Dance Fever), and 65 ng/mL of amphetamine (speed). The Dance Fever may have appeared in Keough’s blood sample as a result of the EMS personnel’s treatment of him after the accident.
Keough admitted to Sergeant Pullen that he takes the depressants on a prescription basis.
Sergeant Pullen reported, under oath, that Keough did not recall how the crash occurred or any aspect of it.
Another driver observed Keough weaving and told authorities he was on the verge of calling law enforcement, because he assumed the driver, Keough, was drunk.
Sergeant Pullen stated, under oath:
“I believe that Keough did not have his normal mental or physical faculties while he was operating his motor vehicle on Grogan’s Mill Road on the morning of September 10, 2020, due to his ingestion of zolpidem. Keough was observed by witnesses driving dangerously and erratically, he had passed his destination, a destination that was familiar to him and that he had been to on previous occasions, and he had a delayed perception and reaction to the first impact. Keough could have avoided the impact with the Tahoe had his normal mental and physical faculties not been impaired due to the zolpidem.”
Since Keough’s drivers license is currently under suspension since the accident, Keough asked the Commissioners Court to give him a full-time driver, a County vehicle to pick him up from his home and take him back to his home from work, and to provide him transportation at taxpayer expense. The driver for Keough will cost taxpayers $80,000 per year.
Unless Keough is in custody already, he will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at a restaurant in the Woodlands to “celebrate” his “leadership.”
Keough did not respond to a request for comment.
The entire arrest warrant follows with the Capias (warrant) after that.