This story has been updated with confirmation on the substance found in the possession of McGraw after he died.
KATY (Covering Katy) – Almost one year to the day that James Patrick McGraw, 30, had his driving privileges restored following a drunk driving conviction, he died speeding away from a sheriff’s deputy in Katy.
“A baggie containing 5.3 grams of a black tar like substance was located, and was submitted to the Institute Of Forensic Science for a testing,” Deputy Thomas Gilliland of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told Covering Katy.
The report also says traffic camera video is being reviewed to learn more about the 3-mile route where McGraw was driving in excess of 90 miles-per-hour in a 30-mph zone. The deputy was caught in traffic and did not pursue, according to the report.
According to court records reviewed by Covering Katy, McGraw pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated after being arrested on February 28, 2015. He was ordered to serve 30 days in the Harris County Jail. His driver’s license was suspended for one year in March of 2015. The crash that took his life in Katy happened on March 12, 2017, just one year and 10 days after his driving privileges were restored.
McGraw’s familiarity with the legal system also includes a three-day stay in the Harris County Jail for his misdemeanor conviction of evading arrest. The incident happened on July 4, 2014. In addition to jail time, McGraw was also ordered to pay $349 in fines and court costs.
He was also convicted of criminal mischief in September of 2014. Court records say he kicked a vehicle and caused between $50 and $100 in damage.
A memorial service for McGraw will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Schmidt Funeral Home ‘ Grand Parkway, with Rev. Chas Stevenson officiating. Reception will follow at Mo’s Place located at 21940 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450.
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Covering Katy will continue our coverage of this case and provide results of the pending drug test being conducted on the substance found on McGraw’s body.