Charleston man, 85, gets 1 year on felony DUI charge

Joseph Howe

An 85-year-old Charleston man was sentenced to one year in prison this morning in a Charleston County court on a charge of felony driving under the influence.

Joseph Patrick Howe of Lochaven Drive had pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 16. He was arrested after his sport utility vehicle crashed into a stopped motorcycle in West Ashley in April 2012.

Howe’s vehicle had a green arrow to travel northbound on Glenn McConnell Parkway from Magwood Drive, Charleston police officers said. Instead, the SUV turned into oncoming traffic and crashed into a stopped motorcycle, police said.

The motorcyclist, 29-year-old John Christopher Garon of Charleston, received several pelvic fractures, police said. He was treated at Medical University Hospital.

Garon was inside the courtroom where Howe was sentenced today, but did not speak. Instead, a letter was submitted by his father. Circuit Judge Thomas Hughston said the letter spoke to the horrific impact the situation has had on Garon.

Howe’s blood-alcohol level was 0.13, police said. He was held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.

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