Tennis coach arrested for DUI

Thursday, February 23, 2006

GALESBURG - The tennis coach at Galesburg High School was arrested for driving under the influence after hitting a car at a gas station early this morning.

Gregory S. Stacey, 48, 132 Lakeland Drive, was arrested at 1:24 a.m. today at Quick Stop, 275 S. Academy St.

Police had gone to the business to clear the parking lot because a large number of people were gathering in the area. When they arrived, they were told Stacey had hit a car driven by George G. Sutton Jr., 224 N. Broad St., while Sutton's car was parked at a gas pump.

Stacey reportedly told police he had not hit Sutton's vehicle. Several witnesses told police Stacey's car did hit the back of Sutton's car and he then kept driving, parking his car in a parking space.

One witness told police Stacey offered Sutton $400 if he would not call the police.

Because of the number of people at the business, Stacey was taken to the Public Safety Building for a sobriety test.

According to police, Stacey was unable to walk heel to toe and unable to stand on one leg. After three tries, he was unable to take a breath test. After being read his Miranda warning, Stacey refused to answer questions and wanted to talk to his lawyer.

He was booked at the Knox County jail and later posted bond.

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