(KMOV) – An East St. Louis police officer who was allegedly drunk when visited a family’s home to take down a report of a burglary has resigned.
East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore confirmed Ricky Perry’s resignation in a press released Wednesday morning.
Police said officers were called to a home in the 470 block of N. 22nd St. on March 24 after it was ransacked by a burglar who then started a fire.
According to Don Brown family, firefighters came to the house and got the fire out. A dispatcher then told the family to call their local police department.
They called police at 1 a.m. and Ricky Perry showed up about three hours later, the family said.
Once he arrived, Brown said he could smell Perry.
“He was reeking in alcohol,” Brown said.
Brown said he then began swearing at the victims and accused one of them of lying.
Brown told News 4 Perry was talking about being at a club and the family allegedly spotted a cup of beer in his patrol car.
Floore says his department didn’t give Perry a breathalyzer or request a blood test because it would have been a conflict of interest for East Saint Louis officers to test one of their own.
Perry, a 14-year veteran, has a long history of problems, in 2007, he was found passed out behind the wheel of his unmarked police car. In 2009, a gun was stolen from his police car. That same year, the St. Clair County state’s attorney dropped charges against a murder suspect because of what the prosecutor called Perry’s misconduct in the case.
Floore said Perry was initially put on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation was conducted. Perry later submitted his letter of resignation.
“The public good and service to the community is of paramount interest to the East St. Louis Police Department,” Floore said. “Therefore, I accept the resignation of Officer Perry.”
During his tenure, Perry received numerous awards for his service. He most recently received the Lifesaving Award from Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and was recognized for his assistance in a robbery at Ira Groove Freewill Church.