Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough charged with DWI in September crash
Originally Published; Dec 8, 2020
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated in connection with a crash that happened four months ago.
According to court documents, Keough had high levels of zolpidem, commonly referred to as Ambien, in his system when his SUV crashed into two vehicles on Sept. 10 in The Woodlands, including a Montgomery County Precinct 5 deputy constable’s cruiser.
Keough suffered some broken bones and underwent surgery after the crash.
This developing story will be updated.
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough Posts Bond
Updated: Dec. 10, 11:34 a.m.
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough posted a $1,500 cash bond Dec. 9 after receiving a misdemeanor DWI charge related to a September car crash in The Woodlands on Dec. 8.
Joshua Pullen, a Texas Department of Public Safety patrol sergeant, said in an arrest affidavit that Keough was mentally and physically impaired due to zolpidem, which is sold under brand names including Ambien, when he allegedly struck two vehicles while driving Grogans Mill Road on Sept. 10. A blood sample taken from Keough following the crash showed a concentration of 155.5 nanograms per milliliter of zolpidem in his system, Pullen said.
In a statement following the charge, Keough said he was using a legal sleep aid under his doctor’s orders, which was “within normal therapeutic levels” in his blood at the time of his crash.
Keough’s arraignment before Judge Dennis Watson of the County Court at Law #1 is scheduled for Jan. 5 at 8:30 a.m., according to information from Montgomery County Clerk Mark Turnbull’s office.
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Update: Montgomery County judge out of surgery, recovering after crashing into deputy constable’s cruiser – Deputy released from hospital, recovering at home
Originally Published; Sept 10, 2020
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough successfully made it out of surgery Thursday night after his vehicle crashed into a parked deputy constable’s vehicle earlier in the day.
A spokesman for Keough said the judge was on his way to a meeting when he crashed into the cruiser in The Woodlands.
He said Keough, a deputy constable from Montgomery County Precinct 5 and a third driver were taken to a hospital after the crash. The spokesman said Keough suffered some broken bones but was stable and alert.
Keough underwent surgery to get his pelvis and hip reconstructed, officials said. He is being checked by doctors and resting.
The deputy constable was released Thursday evening and is recovering at home.
“Please keep the deputy and judge in your thoughts and prayers,” Keough’s spokesman said in a statement.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.