Man charged with assault, drunken driving Paroled in June for manslaughter


An 18-year-old Laurel man -- paroled last month on a manslaughter conviction -- was charged this weekend with drunken driving and striking a pedestrian following a party in Clarksville, Howard County police said.

Matthew Lee Garvey, of the 600 block of Main Street, was charged with assault, DWI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

He was released from the Howard County Detention Center after posting $1,000 bond.

He was paroled from the Jessup Pre-Release Unit on June 28 after serving almost two years of a four-year term for voluntary manslaughter, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for state corrections.

On Jan. 13, 1992, Garvey pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Howard County Circuit Court for killing his mother's live-in boyfriend.

He was charged with fatally stabbing John Neil Robinson, 30, once in the chest with a kitchen knife after an argument on July 14, 1992, court records showed.

Originally, he was sent to Baltimore City Correctional Center and later transferred to the Jessup facility. He was granted parole this year and placed on four years' supervised probation.

His latest brush with the law occurred about 1:15 a.m. Saturday when he allegedly struck James E. MacMillian, 18, of the 13000 block of Twelve Hills Road, with his 1989 Toyota in the same block, police said.

Mr. MacMillian, who was thrown against the windshield, was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Witnesses told police that Garvey had gotten into a confrontation with people at a party on Twelve Hills Road.

When he left, Garvey allegedly drove his car across the front yard, striking the victim and then left the scene, police said. Party-goers chased and detained him on Chapel Chase Court until police arrived.

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