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Councilman Clayton Perry says he won't resign over hit and run allegations

Clayton Perry
Joey Palacios
Clayton Perry

District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry turned himself into authorities at the Bexar County Courthouse on Thursday for failing to render aid at the site of a car collision Sunday.

He told reporters that he will not resign.

He was charged with Class B Misdemeanor for failing to stop and exchange information for allegedly crashing his jeep into another vehicle at Redland Road and Jones Maltsberger. Perry was released on a $2,000 bond.

On Wednesday, in his first public comments since allegations surfaced that he hit a vehicle with his jeep and fled the scene of a car crash, Perry confirmed he was involved in a crash but didn't remember the incident.

“I was in a car crash on Sunday,” Perry said. “I clearly hit my head and don't really remember it. The next morning, I went to the doctor and spent a day and a half at [Brooke Army Medical Center] for treatment and observation. I'm very sorry for the hassle this is causing everyone, and I'm fully cooperating with everyone to resolve it properly.”

"I was involved in an accident," he said again on Thursday. "That night — I don't remember. Went to the hospital the next day because I wasn't feeling well and stayed there Monday and Tuesday, and when I got released late on Tuesday, a friend invited me to come out of town and take off a few days so that's what I did."

He added: "When I found out there was a warrant out there, I came to town as soon as I can and that's where I'm at right now. Get served that and take care of business."

It wasn't clear if any injuries were sustained by the other motorist.

Body camera footage released on Thursday by the San Antonio Police Department shows Perry was incoherent when an officer found him laying on the floor of his backyard after the accident on Sunday night.

Perry refused to answer questions as to whether he was drinking that night.

"I'm not going to comment," he said. "I trust in the process. There's a process that needs to be gone through. and I'm going to trust that process. I served my country in the military. I served the city on city council and there are processes for all this."

When asked if he would resign, Perry said he would not.

"I've got a lot of things to evaluate and I'm going to evaluate everything and see where I'm at and what I should be doing. I've been doing a lot of praying and trying to figure that out, and the Lord will guide me."

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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules