RACINE — A warrant has been issued against a Racine man caught on tape punching off-duty Racine Police Sgt. Samuel Stulo after an OWI crash caused by Stulo last December.
George E. Gayton, 44, of the 1900 block of State Street, was due in court Tuesday but failed to appear, online court records show. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
George Gayton points out oil stains left behind 10 days after Racine Police Sgt. Samuel Stulo allegedly crashed into Gayton's aunt's car on Dec. 17 on State Street. Nearly a year later, Gayton is being charged with substantial battery after allegedly punching Stulo in the throat following the crash.
ADAM ROGAN, Journal Times file photo
is charged with a felony count of substantial battery and faces up to
3½ years in prison and/or fines up to $10,000.
records indicate that Gayton was previously convicted of battery with
domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct and burglary of a
to the criminal complaint, Gayton punched Stulo. on Dec. 17, 2018,
after a crash in the 1900 block of State Street in which Gayton’s
aunt was involved.
found Stulo and his severely damaged SUV in front of Beres Towing,
1960 State St. Stulo was later found to be intoxicated. Gayton was
also at the scene, standing outside the vehicle, visibly upset and
admitted that he had had a couple of drinks and said he was coming
down the road when a car came out of nowhere and the crash occurred.
said he pulled over and Gayton approached, accusing him of trying to
get away. Stulo said he pulled out his badge and his phone and Gayton
punched him in the throat.
footage from the nearby BP Gas Station, 1975 State St., “clearly
showed the defendant punch Mr. Stulo.”
Stulo was admitted to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa after being punched. Medical records show that the punch resulted in Stulo’s voice box being fractured.
After the crash, Stulo was convicted of OWI, first offense, causing injury. In June, he was sentenced to 30 days in the Kenosha County Jail. Stulo has returned to work at the Racine Police Department.
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