EAST ST. LOUIS — A veteran police officer resigned Wednesday morning in the midst of an investigation of allegations that he showed up drunk to take a burglary report.
Ricky Perry submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday morning, Police Chief Michael Floore stated in a news release.
Perry was on paid administrative leave while being investigated for a resident's complaint that he showed up intoxicated and used profanity while investigating a burglary and arson on March 24. The victim also said there was an alcohol container visible in Perry's police car.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Perry denies the accusations and that he twice asked to take a test to prove he had not been drinking but was sent home on paid leave instead.
"I had no alcohol in my system at all. I had no alcohol in my car or on my person," Perry, 43, told The Associated Press.
In 2007, Perry was found passed out behind the wheel, with his car running and his foot on the brake, at a Belleville stop light. His loaded service weapon also was in the car.
"The public good and service to the community are of paramount interest to the East St. Louis Police Department. Therefore, I accept the resignation of Officer Perry," Floore said. "And, I would also like to acknowledge his 13 1/2 years of service to the East St. Louis Police Department and to the people of this community."
Perry worked in the patrol and investigation divisions during his tenure with the police department and he received numerous awards for his service, Floore said.
"Most recently, he received the Lifesaving Award from Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. Officer Perry was also recognized for his assistance in the robbery at Ira Grove Freewill Church," Floore said.
Perry also was responsible for murder charges being dismissed in 2009 when a judge ruled he was not credible. Two county prosecutors since then have refused to issue felony charges on any cases in which Perry is the chief investigator or witness.
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said, "I appreciate Chief Floore's efforts to set a higher standard and improve the reputation of his department. That work must continue. I hope Perry gets some help."
Perry was not charged with anything related to the complaint by Don Brown and his family about Perry being drunk when he responded to check out the burglary at their relative's house. They called for an officer at 1 a.m. March 24 and Perry arrived at 4 a.m.
Perry was using lots of profanity, had trouble forming his thoughts into words and appeared extremely intoxicated, Brown said. He said his stepdaughter saw an alcohol container in Perry's car when she was being interviewed about the burglary and arson to her residence.
Police did not give Perry a breath test after Brown's complaint. Floore said no state trooper was available to administer a test that morning, so Perry was sent home pending an internal investigation.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.