Officer accused of being drunk on job resigns

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A veteran East St. Louis police officer resigned after being accused of being drunk on the job while responding to a reported burglary.

Police Chief Michael Floore announced in a statement Wednesday that he has accepted Ricky Perry's letter of resignation.

Perry was put on paid leave after a family's complained last month that Perry was drunk and used profane language after responding to a report that a house had been ransacked and set on fire.

Floore credited Perry's more than 13 years of service on the force.

Perry was disciplined in 2007 after he allegedly was found passed out behind the wheel of his unmarked police car in Belleville.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday by The Associated Press at Perry's home.