East St. Louis Officer Accused of Drinking on the Job Resigns

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – An East St. Louis police officer has resigned after being accused of showing up to a crime scene intoxicated.

Officer Ricky Perry submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday.  Perry had been place on administrative leave last week after  residents complained that he showed up to a burglary and arson call drunk.

That incident occurred on March 24 and residents say Perry showed up late and when he got there, yelled at them.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says he accepted Perry’s resignation saying the “public good and service to the community is of paramount interest to the East St. Louis Police Department.”

Perry served 13 and a half years on the force but has come under scrutiny in the past, including a incident where Perry was allegedly found passed out behind the wheel of an unmarked police car in 2007.

Floore did cite Perry’s numerous awards for his service over the years and his work in investigations and patrol divisions of the department.