Man, 84, arrested on felony DUI charge after crash with motorcylist

Joseph Patrick Howe

An 84-year-old Charleston man faces a felony DUI charge after his SUV crashed into a stopped motorcycle Sunday night in West Ashley, according to police reports.

Joseph Patrick Howe of Lochaven Drive was arrested after the crash about 11:20 p.m. at Glenn McConnell Parkway and Magwood Drive.

The Charleston Police Department said Howe's Saturn Vue had a green arrow to go northbound on Glenn McConnell Parkway from Magwood Drive. Instead, the SUV turned into oncoming traffic on southbound Glenn McConnell and crashed into a Honda motorcyle stopped for the traffic light.

The police estimated that Howe's SUV was traveling at 20 mph.

The motorcyclist, 29-year-old John Christopher Garon of Charleston, suffered several pelvic fractures, according to a crash report. He was takent to Medical University Hospital, where he was in serious condition.

Howe wasn't hurt. Officers said in an incident report that Howe's blood-alcohol level was 0.13. He was jailed at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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