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Texas Judge Mark Keough Receives 90 Day Driving License Suspension. If It Was Up to the Texas Bar, It Would be Fully Probated.

Not only was Judge Keough DWI, he was not wearing his seat belt and did not apply the brakes until less than a second before crashing into the cruiser, according to the affidavit.

Keough fined, has driver’s license suspended after pleading guilty to DWI

Feb 24, 2021

CONROE, Texas – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving while intoxicated in connection with last year’s crash.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael Holley said Keough received a 90-day suspension of his driver’s license and a $2,000 fine for his role in the Sept. 10, 2020, crash. He is also required to pay court costs.

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 in The Woodlands, including a Montgomery County Precinct 5 deputy constable’s cruiser.

Investigators said Keough’s vehicle first sideswiped a car, swerved onto the shoulder of the road and hit the back of the cruiser before coming to a stop, according to the affidavit.

An analysis of the computer in Keough’s vehicle showed that he was driving at 52 mph at the time of the first crash and 39 mph about four seconds later at the time of the second crash, according to the affidavit.

Keough was not wearing his seat belt and did not apply the brakes until less than a second before crashing into the cruiser, according to the affidavit.

Keough suffered some broken bones and underwent surgery after the crash.

After being charged, Keough said in a Facebook video that he was taking a “legally prescribed and physician-monitored sleep aid” at the time of the crash and that the levels in his blood were “within normal therapeutic levels.”

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The following is Holley’s official District Attorney’s Office biography

Mike Holley is a native Texan who moved to Spring in 2006.  Mike started his career in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.  The Army then sent Mike to law school, and he subsequently became a Military Prosecutor and Paratrooper in the 18th Airborne Corps in North Carolina.  Assignments as a Military Defense Attorney in Korea, Japan, and Thailand followed.

Mike was deployed to Iraq in 2004 to be the Chief Prosecutor in the Abu Ghraib Detainee Abuse cases. Following this one-year assignment, Mike served as a Professor of Criminal Law.  Mike left the Army as a Major after 13 years of service.  He then worked for six years at one of the country’s best private law firms, the Lanier Law Firm, but ultimately desired to return to prosecution work.

For the last 4 years, Mike has been a Felony prosecutor and Chief of the Misdemeanor Division.  Mike assisted in the creation of our county’s Veterans Court, prosecuted Animal Cruelty cases and served on the Vehicular Crimes call-out team.  Mike spends a substantial amount of his time training new lawyers and law enforcement officers in the County, and he has spoken at various conferences across the state and the country.

Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from Abilene Christian University and The Texas Tech School of Law, and he has a Masters of Law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Mike has been married to his amazing wife, Renee, for 25 years.  Mike and Renee have four children.

As the First Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Mike is responsible for the day to day management of the office including the preparation and presentation of the annual budget.

Texas Judge Mark Keough Receives 90 Day Driving License Suspension. If It Was Up to the Texas Bar, It Would be Fully Probated.
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