San Antonio — San Antonio council member Clayton Perry is due to appear in court Tuesday for the first time since police said he was driving drunk and fled the scene of a November 6 frontal crash.
A District 10 council member scheduled pre-trial hearings Tuesday morning in Bexar County 12 Court on two charges stemming from the incident: drunk driving and failure to stop and provide information. Both are class B misdemeanors punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine up to $2,000, or both.
Judge Yolanda Huff will hear cases practically within her protocol at 9 am. which she broadcasts online.
Perry was originally scheduled to appear in court on December 12 for not pulling over and providing information, but his trial date was delayed pending a drunk driving case in which it ended up being booked later that month.
San Antonio police say a North Side council member drank 14 alcoholic drinks at the Evil Olive Bar & Grill over the course of four hours on the night of November 6, shortly before the accident.
Police say after driving to Bill Miller’s BQ bar across the street where he did not order food but was told to leave, Perry crashed his Jeep Wrangler Rubicon head-on into a Honda Civic while trying to turn right from Jones. Maltsberger Road at Redland Road.
Police say Perry fled the scene and an SAPD officer found him lying in the backyard a little over an hour later, bleeding from the head and the smell of alcohol.
However, the officer did not see Perry driving, and the North Side council member denied having driven the car. Thus, he was neither subjected to a sobriety test nor arrested that night.
Instead, Perry was booked 10 november on charges of failing to stop and provide information as a result of an accident with over $200 in damages.
After further investigation, SAPD opened a criminal case on the fact of drunk driving for review by the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. He was booked for DUI on December 28th..
On November 14, days after his arrest, Perry admitted his involvement in the accident and announced his intention to take a leave of absence from the city council.
“During this time, I will be taking appropriate measures as determined by the medical professionals to ensure this never, ever happens again,” Perry told his fellow board members.
The rest of the city council passed a motion of no confidence in Perry at the same meeting. However, most of them initially agreed to refuse Perry’s call to resign.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who argued that Perry should resign if the allegations against him were true, was the only voter against removing the resignation request from the no-confidence vote. Jalen McKee-Rodriguez abstained from voting. what he told KSAT he “immediately” regretted.
Less than two months later Perry returned to council on January 12telling his colleagues: “I have fulfilled my commitment made at the last meeting to comply with all appropriate measures recommended by medical experts, and will continue to do so.”
Although the council member spoke to reporters within minutes of his initial November 10 arrest, he has since largely kept his comments to prepared remarks.
He evaded reporters’ questions several times on the day of his return and missed a council briefing that day, although his chief of staff said it was due to a personal matter.
Perry’s council seat is up for election May 6, as are the other nine municipal districts and City Hall. It is not yet clear if he intends to run for a fourth and final term.
As of 5:00 pm on Monday, no one had applied to vote in the 10th constituency.
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