Councilman Clayton Perry releases statement on his alleged hit-and-run

San Antonio District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry released a statement Wednesday, November 9, about a hit-and-run car accident he was allegedly involved in Sunday, November 6, after it was first reported November 8. KSAT’s initial reporting of the incident suggested Perry may have been drinking before the accident occurred.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued a statement on Tuesday declaring Perry should resign if a police report of the incident was accurate.

The November 9 statement, tweeted by KSAT’s Garrett Brnger, reads as follows:

I was in a car crash on Sunday. 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 BAMC [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.

First update: noon on Tuesday, November 8:

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg released a statement regarding the alleged hit-and-run crash involving District 10 City Councilman Clayton Perry. On Tuesday, November 8, Nirenberg told KSAT’S Dillon Collier that Perry should resign if the crash is true.

“If the details in the police report regarding Sunday night are accurate, Councilman Perry should resign,” Nirenberg said, according to a tweet from Garrett Brnger from KSAT.

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San Antonio City Council member from District 10 Clayton Perry announces he is staying in his position during the San Antonio City Council meeting, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

San Antonio City Council member from District 10 Clayton Perry announces he is staying in his position during the San Antonio City Council meeting, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

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San Antonio City Councilman Clayton Perry is under investigation for possibly being involved in a hit-and-run crash on Sunday, November 6, according to a report from KSAT. The District 10 Councilman reportedly was found by police lying in his backyard, injured and smelling of alcohol after a witness from the hit-and-run followed Perry to his home after the crash.

KSAT obtained a redacted report from the San Antonio Police Department that did not reveal Perry’s name, date of birth, or address. However, the TV station reported that law enforcement sources confirmed the hit-and-run involved Perry. 

According to the station’s investigation, the incident occurred around 9 p.m. at Jones Maltsberger and Redland Road, which is about a half mile from where Perry lives. The crash report stated a driver of a Honda Civic told police that a black Jeep Wrangler took the turn from Jones Maltsburger onto Redland Road too wide and crashed into them head-on while they waited for the light in the left-hand turn lane. 

KSAT pointed out that Perry posted an Instagram post with him in a black Jeep Wrangler. 

The crash report stated that the Wrangler fled the scene and left the Civic with “major damage.” A witness followed the Wrangler, wrote down the address, and then went back to the scene to let the Civic driver know. Police later showed up at the location and found the vehicle parked in the driveway where it had contacted the garage door.

The report stated that the Jeep was still running but unoccupied. The responding officer heard a noise in the backyard, where he found a man on the ground with a cut on his head. The office wrote that Perry was confused, answered questions slowly and refused to answer questions about the hit-and-run. He smelled like alcohol and refused medical care. 

According to the report, the officer left Perry’s location without testing his sobriety or arresting him. No arrest has been made at this time. Perry has also not released a statement.

Perry was elected to the City Council for District 10 in June 2017.

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