February 4, 2023 2:40 am

Posted: 22.8.2013 9:15


Before the trial started Monday in the 221st District Court in Conroe, Kevin Michael Koch, 53 of 5738 Pinehurst Drive in Montgomery  pled guilty to 30-years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.

Koch has been arrested twelve times for DWI since 1985.

On January 9, 1985 he was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Harris County Court 12 and given probation which was revoked n January 9, 1987.

On June 3, 1986 he was convicted of harassment in Montgomery County.

On January 29, 1987 he was again arrested in Brown County , Texas for theft and given probation. His probation lasted just shy of 3 years when it was revoked.

On December 2, 1987 was charged with driving without a license.

He was lucky on his next DWI on April 8, 1988 as it was dismissed in Harris County.

On May 17, 1988 he was convicted of his second dwi in Harris County.

He lucked out again on December 29, 1990 when another dwi case was dismissed in the 228th District Court of Harris County.

January 5, 1990 he plead guilty to theft and was given Deferred  Adjudication  misdemeanor probation in Harris County.

On August 21, 1991 he was convicted of felony theft in Harris County 248th District Court.

DWI conviction number three came on February 18, 1993 and open container in Montgomery County 284th District Court.,

On August  3, 1994 Koch was convicted of burglary of a habitation in Harris County and given probation which was revoked on August 16, 1995 due to him being convicted of DWI number 3 in the 249th District Court of Harris County.

He moved onto Davidson County, Tennessee and assumed the name of Carl Wendell Hall. There on November 24, 1996 he was again charged with a DWI , he refused to consent to a blood specimen which is Tennessee law. He also fought with Officer Aaron Wigginton injuring him after Wigginton was kicked several times.

Wigginton, who is with the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department flew to Conroe for the trial to testify until Koch plead guilty was happy he was off the streets.

Koch then fled to Clay County Florida where still running under the name of Carl Wendell Hall  he was driving his 1995 red Chevrolet pickup with another set of fake Texas license plates.  He was stopped on traffic and refused to identify himself

On February 13, 1997 he was convicted in Clay County, Florida of his first DWI since he was running under a false name.

He returned to Texas and on September 30, 2011 then Texas Ranger Kevin Pullen who has since retired and is now a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Captain, was on his way to a homicide, When he reached Highway 105 at Walden Road he encountered dully pickup truck driving into on coming traffic.

With the assistance of Trooper Brack, Koch was arrested and charged with felony DWI. His blood alcohol was at .17, twice the legal limit.

Then on March 8, 2012 Koch forgot who he was when he was stopped by Webster, Texas Police. He identified himself at Carl Wendall Hall once again. This time, however Harris County with advanced technology scanned his finger prints as they do all incoming inmates to the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. That system didn’t just give up his real identity but also his fake name and out of state dwi charges.

He was convicted of third or more dwi in Harris County on October 31, 2012 and was able to celebrate Halloween in a jail costume in the Harris County Jail.

Assistant District Attorney Vince Santini of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office worked many hours from the time Koch was arrested in 2011 until he came to trial and pled out on Monday. It took a lot of investigative work on his part and his Investigator Heather Cash who is also with the District Attorney’s Office. Not just did they pull records from all agencies involved, many of which were long stored away in archives.

The found witnesses and officers from the prior cases and had them prepared to testify. The officers from Florida and Tennessee were flown in to testify and make this a rock solid case. Santini, like many others are tired of seeing the intoxicated drivers on the roads and he was bound and determined to make sure Koch remained off the streets for a long time.

Even though Koch got the 18 years in Harris County he will only serve the 30-year-sentence that he was given in Montgomery County. As by Texas law the longer sentence is the time they will do unless, as in the Baucus case where the charges were in the same court and the judge stacked the sentences..