Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER WHO APPEARED ON ‘THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY’ REALITY SHOW CHARGED WITH FELONY DUI
NEWPORT BEACH – A former Major League Baseball player who was on a reality show called “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” was charged with felony driving under the influence charges. Matthew Lon Keough, 54, Coto de Caza, was charged with one felony count of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol with a prior felony DUI conviction within 10 years, and one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol level of.08 percent or more with a prior felony DUI conviction within 10 years. Keough was also charged with sentencing enhancements for having a blood alcohol level of .20 percent or more and a prior 2005 felony DUI conviction. If convicted, Keough faces three years in state prison. He is scheduled for arraignment at the defendant’s arraignment scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
On Aug. 15, 2009, at about 1:25 p.m., Keough is accused of driving his Suburban in Coto de Caza. He is accused of running a stop sign. The defendant is accused of not stopping when an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy activated his emergency lights and continuing to drive a quarter mile to his home. Deputy detained the defendant as he was walking towards the backdoor of his house. Keough is accused of refusing to answer standard DUI investigation questions or performing the field sobriety tests. The defendant is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .30 percent an hour after the traffic stop. He is accused of having an open container of beer inside his vehicle.