San Antonio City Councilman Clayton Perry booked on DWI charge

Charge appears linked to Nov. 6 hit-and-run case

SAN ANTONIO – Embattled District 10 San Antonio Councilman Clayton Perry was booked Wednesday on a DWI charge, which online court documents indicate is linked to his Nov. 6 alleged hit-and-run crash.

San Antonio police had filed a DWI case against Perry earlier this month, but it was up to prosecutors whether or not to charge him.

Online records show Perry was booked Wednesday morning and has already been released on a $1,000 bond.

A first-time DWI charge is considered a Class B Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $3,000 and a six-month jail sentence.

KSAT reached out to Perry, who is on a leave of absence, for comment. He did not immediately respond

Perry’s previous charge

Perry is already facing a Class B misdemeanor charge for failure to stop and give information after a crash that resulted in damages to a vehicle over $200. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12.

He is suspected of crashing his Jeep Wrangler head-on into a Honda Civic before driving away from the scene.

Perry turned himself into the Bexar County Courthouse on Nov. 10 for the failure to stop and give information charge. He was released shortly after posting a $1,000 bond.

A redacted SAPD report obtained by KSAT Investigates states that the driver of a Honda Civic told police that a black Jeep Wrangler crashed head-on into them around 9:10 p.m. on Nov. 6 while they waited at a stoplight at Jones Maltsberger and Redland roads.

An officer was able to track down the Jeep thanks to a witness who followed the vehicle and then returned to the crash scene.

The SAPD officer found Perry lying in his backyard moaning with a cut on his head and smelling of alcohol. Perry had trouble sitting up and when he did get up he was unsteady on his feet and was swaying, records show.

SAPD released the body camera video showing Perry’s encounter with police on Nov. 10.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg has said if details in the police report are true that Perry should resign. Perry told reporters on Nov. 10 that the mayor “can say what he wants.”

San Antonio City Council called a special meeting on Nov. 14 in which they issued Perry a vote of “no confidence,” scrapping calls for him to resign.

He was replaced by Mike Gallagher, who previously represented District 10 from 2014 to 2017, after Perry took a temporary leave of absence on Nov. 14.

Perry said he would use the time away from council to take “the appropriate measures as determined by medical professionals to ensure this will never, never happen again. I commit wholeheartedly to whatever course of action or rehabilitation they recommend.”

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Garrett Brnger is a reporter with KSAT 12.

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

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