(KMOV) – An East St. Louis police officer is on paid administrative leave after he allegedly was drunk when visited a family’s home to take down a report of a burglary.
Police said officers were called to a home in the 470 block of N. 22nd St. on Sunday after it was ransacked by a burglar who then started a fire.
According to the 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 the officer, identified as Ricky Perry, showed up about three hours later, the family said.
Once he arrived, Brown said he smelled the officer, "he was reeking in alcohol." 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 as the family allegedly spotted a cup of beer in his patrol car.
Police Chief Michael 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. Also, in 2009, the Saint 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 on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation was conducted.