Seven months after he was arrested, it took a city of Johnstown jury 3 ½ hours to convict Eric Gutowski of DWI, according to Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira.
The five-women, one-man jury deliberated in Johnstown City Court on Friday, June 6, and convicted Gutowski, 32, of Dolgeville with Driving with .08% or more Blood Alcohol Content (Unclassified Misdemeanor) and Driving while Ability Impaired (a violation) and Speeding, going 61 in a 30 mph zone for 8 points on his license.
Johnstown Police arrested Gutowski on November 10, 2013 after he was seen speeding on North Perry Street at 11:06 p.m. A test of Gutowski’s blood alcohol content resulted in a BAC of .18%, Sira said in a statement. Gutowski has previously been convicted twice of DWAI (2006 & 2011). He faces up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 when sentenced before the Hon. Thomas C. Walsh, City of Johnstown City Court Judge on August 5.
Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis prosecuted the case, calling three witnesses over two days. Gutowski was represented by Johnstown Attorney Michael Viscosi of the Anelli/Xavier Law Firm.