Shocking police footage captures a Texas politician moments after he allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run car wreck Sunday — sprawled out on his yard appearing disoriented and intoxicated.
The bodycam footage, released by the San Antonio Police Department, shows the responding officer confronting San Antonio City Council Member Clayton Perry who is seen laying on his side in the dark unable to sit up.
“Do you realize your Jeep is still running,” the officer asks, after walking past the vehicle sitting in the driveway with the headlights and break lights still beaming.
“Oh sh–,” Perry responds.
The officer informs Perry that his Jeep was crashed into his own garage and had been involved in a hit and run that night, about two miles from his home.
A confused Perry insists he didn’t remember being involved in a car crash.
Multiple witnesses told police that the councilman’s Jeep crashed into a Honda Civic around 9:10 p.m., causing major damage to the car, KSAT-TV reported.
The driver of the Jeep failed to stop, the witnesses said.
An arrest warrant was issued for Perry Thursday, and the embattled elected official turned himself in hours later.
He has been charged with failure to stop and give information after a crash that resulted in damages to a vehicle over $200, according to public records. If found guilty, he could spend up to 180 days in jail and pay a $2,000 fine.
Earlier that night, Perry had gone through drive-thru at a BBQ restaurant, where a worker claimed he smelled like alcohol and could barely keep his eyes open, according to an affidavit.
The Texas pol didn’t actually place an order and tried to give the manager his wallet and car keys.
“It appears that you might have been driving while intoxicated,” the officer tells Perry in the clip.
“Not me,” Perry responds, before repeatedly denying that he had driven that night.
The officer then asks where he had been that night, to which the councilman laughs and quips, “Had a good time.”
Perry also couldn’t remember his own phone number and didn’t know what time it was, according to the footage.
However, police did not test Perry’s blood alcohol level that night.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg told a local TV station Perry should resign if the charges against him are true.
Speaking to reporters after he bonded out of jail, Perry said he had no plans to step down from office.
“I’ve already said I’m sorry for the hassle,” Perry said, but refused to answer if he had been drinking that night.