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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) — An East St. Louis officer is on administrative leave after a homeowner said he was drunk while responding to a 911 call.

Fire crews were called to a home in the 470 block of N. 22nd Street Sunday after a burglar trashed the home and started a fire. Once the fire was put out they told the homeowner to call her local police department to report the burglary.

Don Brown’s stepdaughter lives in the home. He told the Belleville New Democrat an officer showed up three hours later and reeked of booze.

Brown said the officer was cussing and slurring his speech, at one point he got confused and started yelling at the victims.

Brown said his stepdaughter also saw an open beer can sitting in officer’s patrol car.

Police Chief Michael Floore would not comment on the allegations, but said the veteran policeman is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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