Former university tennis coach pleads guilty to DWI in New Hanover County

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A former university tennis coach arrested last year in downtown Wilmington has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team Sgt. Billy Caulk, Nick Keith Stutsman, 49, of 175 Plum Nelly Road, Athens, Ga., pleaded guilty to DWI in New Hanover County Court on May 27.

At the time of his arrest, Stutsman was the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

Caulk arrested Stutsman during a Booze It and Lose It checkpoint near downtown Wilmington on Oct. 31, 2009. Caulk said Stutsman was driving the Mercer University tennis team’s van when he was stopped at the checkpoint around 12:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, on Market Street near the intersection of 15th Street.

Stutsman’s sentencing information wasn’t immediately available, but Caulk said Stutsman had two previous driving while impaired convictions—one in Alabama and one in Georgia.