Man gets probation for OVI, gun incident

YOUNGSTOWN — A 22-year-old Youngstown man was sentenced to six months of probation today after being convicted of improper handling of a firearm and operating a vehicle while impaired.

Wesley Howell Jr. of Grandview Avenue was also fined $375 during a sentencing by Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Lou D’Apolito.

Youngstown police arrested Howell on Jan. 24 when he was driving in the opposite lane of traffic. Howell took a breath test and registered a .22 BAC, almost three times the legal limit of .08 for driving drunk.

Police also founded a loaded handgun in his vehicle.

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