San Antonio police have filed a DWI charge against City Councilman Clayton Perry in connection with a hit-and-run accident in early November, according to a media report Wednesday.
Television station KSAT-12 reported that the San Antonio Police Department filed the charge against the District 10 councilman to the District Attorney’s Office. Perry was previously charged with failure to stop and give information charge in the same case.
However, SAPD spokesman Sgt. Washington Moscoso said Wednesday evening that there has been no change in the case against the District 10 councilman, which is still being investigated, and nothing has been sent to the Bexar County District Attorney’s office.
KSAT also reported that they were told by sources that District Attorney Joe Gonzales would recuse himself from the case.
A DWI charge for a first-time offender is a Class B Misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $3,000 and a six-month jail sentence, according to KSAT.
On Nov. 6, a black Jeep Wrangler owned by Perry struck a Honda Civic head-on in Northeast San Antonio after making a turn that was too wide, according to a police report. A witness followed the Jeep to Perry’s nearby home, then returned to the scene to alert the victim of the hit-and-run, the report said.
An SAPD officer investigating the accident was led to Perry’s home, where he was found lying in his back yard. Video of the officer’s encounter with Perry showed him slurring his words, denying involvement in the accident and evading the officer’s questions, but the councilman was not given a sobriety test.
SAPD Police Chief William McManus later denied the suggestion that Perry received special treatment during the investigation.
Perry, who was elected in June 2017, later admitted to being involved in the accident and was charged with failure to stop and give information, also a class B misdemeanor.
The accident prompted his colleagues on City Council to consider asking for Perry’s resignation. Ultimately, on Nov. 14, the council delivered a no-confidence vote against him and granted his request for a sabbatical instead.
Officials are accepting applications to fill the temporary vacancy in District 10 until 5 p.m. Nov. 28. The council plans to begin the selection process at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 30, and Perry’s successor may be seated as early as Dec. 1.
Staff reporters Andrea Drusch and Iris Dimmick contributed to this story.