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St. Pete man who bought beer after fatal crash gets 15 years


Published:   |   Updated: June 3, 2014 at 08:52 PM

A St. Petersburg man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for a DUI crash that killed an elderly driver in Pinellas Park in December 2012.

Tracy Garon, 59, was charged with DUI manslaughter after he ran a red light in his 1973 Rolls Royce at the intersection of 49th Street and 62nd Avenue N. and collided with two other cars. Charles A. Berry, 81, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Two others were injured.

A court document later showed that after the crash Garon walked across the street and bought a 24-ounce can of Miller Lite and started drinking it before a Pinellas Park police officer took the beer from him.

Garon’s blood-alcohol was roughly 0.245 percent, or more than three times the limit at which a Florida driver is presumed drunk. He was driving 61 to 64 mph at the time of the wreck on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 40 mph.

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