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Samuel Stulo initial appearance

Racine Police Sgt. Samuel Stulo, left, makes his initial court appearance at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., on Monday with his attorney, Patrick Cafferty. Stulo is charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury and misdemeanors for causing injury while operating under the influence and causing injury while operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content stemming from a Dec. 17 crash.

RACINE — A Racine Police Department sergeant, accused of drunken driving, striking an occupied vehicle and injuring a woman in the process, made his initial appearance in court Monday.

Sgt. Samuel Stulo, 42, faces charges of felony hit-and-run involving injury and two misdemeanor counts of causing injury/operating while under the influence. He was also cited for forfeiture offenses for inattentive driving, refusing to take a sobriety test and failing to notify police of an accident.

Both misdemeanor counts are first-offense charges. One charge has a prohibited blood alcohol concentration of under 0.15 percent and one has a prohibited alcohol concentration of more than 0.15 percent.

At about 7:55 p.m. on Dec. 17, Racine police and firefighters were dispatched to the 1900 block of State Street for a crash with injuries after a truck reportedly crashed into a parked vehicle and tried to flee.

According to Racine County Sheriff’s Office and court reports, Stulo was off duty at the time of the crash and reportedly had just left a bar on Washington Avenue not far from the police station.

During his initial appearance on Monday, Stulo, a 16-year veteran of the Racine Police Department, was ordered not to have contact with the victim or her nephew, who was a witness to the incident, and to not drink alcohol. A signature bond of $1,000 was also set and signed by Stulo.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.

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Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys spending time with her family, video games, heavy metal music, watching YouTube videos, comic books and movies.

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