Phoenix Lawyer, Allegedly Drunk (in Middle of Afternoon), Crashes Brand New BMW into Couple; Woman in Critical Condition

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Christopher Perry, alleged day-drinker, crashed his BMW into two people in downtown Phoenix yesterday.
While most of us were at work yesterday afternoon -- presumably not shit-faced -- a drunk Phoenix lawyer was driving his brand new BMW through downtown Phoenix. Sadly, he drove it into a couple walking near the light rail tracks, leaving a woman clinging to life.

Just before 2 p.m., an unidentified 60-year-old woman and her unidentified 59-year-old husband, were were crossing Central Avenue despite the pedestrian signals advising them not to, Phoenix police say.


As the couple approached the tracks, a light-rail train was approaching, so the two turned back toward the sidewalk. As they turned back, they were hit by a 2011 BMW driven by 53-year-old Christopher Perry, a prominent real estate attorney at the law firm Perry & Shapiro.

The female victim was thrown onto the northbound tracks, which caused the Light Rail System to shut down temporarily.

According to police, after smashing into the couple in his BMW, Perry stopped for a minute, got out of his car, took a look at the two people he'd plowed into, and then drove off as police arrived on the scene.

In his attempted escape, Perry had to weave through stopped traffic on Central Avenue as both officers and citizens tried to stop him. He failed, and was ultimately boxed in by stopped traffic and taken into custody.

Perry, Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times, was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was booked on one count of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a serious injury collision.

In a 2006 press release, Perry was described by his law partner, Gerald Shapiro, as "a second-generation Arizona attorney with vast experience and a great reputation among his peers in the State of Arizona."

The DUI aside, Perry could potentially face more charges -- the female victim is currently in the hospital in extremely critical condition.

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http://www.courtminutes.marico...

Christopher Perry, a Phoenixforeclosure lawyer who pulled thousands of people from their homes, killed awoman about a year ago when he was driving drunk.  Perry attempted to fleethe scene after stopping to look at the dead woman.  Citizens and a policeofficer chased him down on foot.  Perry refused a breath test so the PhxPD obtained a search warrant for a blood draw.  More than two hours afterhis arrest, Perry had a blood alcohol of .31 percent, FOUR TIMES thepresumptive level in Arizona.  He was this drunk by noon!  Perry alsoadmitted taking Oxycodone.

After a year of maneuvering, Perry was sentenced yesterday to 1.5 years inArizona State Prison and 3 years subsequent probation.  The Judge nicelyasked that the Arizona Department of Corrections to place Perry in a ‘privateprison’ due to his former status as a lawyer.

Perry, known for his aggressive take no prisoner style of forcing peoplefrom their homes – killed a woman and injured her husband while driving drunk,fled the scene, fought with the police, refused a breath test, and received asentence reserved usually for petty criminals.

This IS YOUR criminal justice system in action. This is outrageous. 

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Paybacks

This foreclosure lawyer has NOW been charged with Manslaughter...........

Case InformationCase Type: Criminal Location: Downtown Party InformationParty Name - Number Relationship Sex Attorney Judge Case #State Of Arizona - (1) Plaintiff N/A County Attorney, Maricopa Christopher Rowan Perry - (2) Defendant M To Be Determined Master Calendar CR2011-108337-001 Disposition InformationParty Name ARSCode Description Crime Date Disposition Code Disposition DateChristopher Rowan Perry 28-1381A1 (M1) DUI-LIQUOR/DRUGS/VAPORS/COMBO 2/16/2011 Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment 2/25/2011 Christopher Rowan Perry 28-661 (F3) HIT AND RUN W/DEATH/INJURY 2/16/2011 Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment 2/25/2011 Christopher Rowan Perry 13-1103 (F2) MANSLAUGHTER 2/16/2011 Christopher Rowan Perry 13-1204 (F3) AGGRAVATED ASSAULT 2/16/2011 Christopher Rowan Perry 28-661 (F3) HIT AND RUN W/DEATH/INJURY 2/16/2011 Case DocumentsFiling Date Description Docket Date Filing Party3/2/2011 002 - ME: Hearing Vacated - Party (001) 3/2/2011 3/2/2011 IAD - Initial Appearance Document - Party (001) 3/2/2011 2/24/2011 NSI - Notice of Supervening Indictment - Party (001) 2/25/2011 Plaintiff (1) 2/24/2011 606 - ME: GJ Not/Supervening Indictment - Party (001) 2/25/2011 2/24/2011 IND - Indictment - Party (001) 2/25/2011 Plaintiff (1) 2/22/2011 DCO - Direct Complaint - Party (001) 2/22/2011 Case CalendarDate Time Event2/24/2011 8:30 Status Conference 2/28/2011 8:30 Preliminary Hearing 3/7/2011 8:30 Original Arraignment Hearing

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Paybacks

One step closer to jail.

SUPERIOR COURT OF ARIZONAMARICOPA COUNTYCR2011-108337-001 DT 02/28/2011Docket Code 002 Form R000A Page 1CLERK OF THE COURTCOMMISSIONER JAIME HOLGUIN A. TreacyDeputySTATE OF ARIZONA SURI GUNTAKA REDDYv.CHRISTOPHER ROWAN PERRY (001) CHRISTOPHER ROWAN PERRYNO ADDRESS ON RECORDVICTIM SERVICES DIV-CA-CCC

MINUTE ENTRY

The Court is advised that a Notice of Supervening Indictment has been issued in this caseby the Grand Jury.

Therefore, the Preliminary Hearing set for this date for the above-entitled cause numberis vacated from the Regional Court Center calendar.

Patty Deville
Patty Deville

Is he related to the other (underaged) Christopher Perry arrested for drugs and DUI in 2009? Maybe the apple didn't fall far...

ANON
ANON

HEY PERRY, WITH YOUR PERSONALITY YOU WON'T DO WELL IN PRISON. MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER FLEEING THE COUNTRY... OR LIFE.

MarcB
MarcB

Oh, yeah. And the idiots blaming the old folks for the accident because they crossed against the lights.............PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where did you learn to drive, Mexico City????Pathetic.

MarcB
MarcB

"He's a great guy..........He'd give ya the shirt off his back................." Yeah, maybe for you. For everyone else he is a sleazeball opportunist preying off the victims of the recession (that was wholly caused by bankers and lawyers who profitted and continue to profit from the misery that THEY caused). And then he runs over someone's grandma and flees the scene. Great guy. Really great guy. This POS will really look good in the slammer being sodomized and orally raped for a few dozen years. I imagine he will learn, in some fashion, to enjoy and profit from the experience.Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Anon
Anon

This is an example of a tragic accident waiting to happen -- both are at fault and will pay dearly for the rest of their lives. When people jaywalk they ARE putting their life on the line, especially around the train tracks. How many people we see cross the street and do NOT EVEN bother to look either way -- like nothing will happen to them. How many people drink at lunch during working hours or immediately afterwards and think they are different than others? They can drink and it's not about them. How many people arrogantly drive their fancy luxury cars around town like they also are privileged and have no regard for other people and lesser cars around them -- like they "deserve" to always be at the front of the line? All this is so Arizona. They think it's about others, NOT about themselves. Let this tragic accident be a wake-up call to all those who think it's not about "themselves". The lawyer deserves the draconian prison time they give to everyone else in Arizona. This is NOT about 3-5 years like another comment suggested. Thank the "tough on crime" legislators for what will follow for him. A minimum of 10 years if there is no death.

Anon
Anon

This is an example of an tragic accident waiting to happen -- both are at fault and will pay the rest of their lives. When people jaywalk they ARE putting their life on the line, especially around the train tracks. How many people we see cross the street and do NOT bother to look either way, like nothing will happen to them. How many people drink at lunch during working hours or immediately afterwards and think they are different than others. They can drink and it's not about them. How many people arrogantly drive their fancy luxury cars around town like they also are privileged and have no regard for other people and lesser cars -- like they "deserve" to always be at the front of the line? All this is so Arizona. They think it's about others, not about THEM. Let this tragic accident be a wake-up call to all those who think it's not about "them". The lawyer deserves the draconian prison time they give to everyone else in Arizona. This is NOT about 3-5 years like another comment suggested.Thank the "tough on crime" legislators. My prayers go to all.

shakeymae
shakeymae

Another Friend: Christopher Perry is NOT me! I would *never* drive drunk. Am I perfect? No, but there's a big difference between imperfection and deadly criminal behavior. The majority of people do not behave as he did; otherwise we'd all be in jail. Driving drunk, speeding, running a person over and then fleeing the crime scene is not normal. Your friend, Christopher Perry, is a CRIMINAL. He committed a crime, in broad daylight, on film, in front of scores of people. Drinking and driving is a crime. So is hitting a woman and then leaving her on train tracks to bleed like a dog. He valued his own needs above every person at that scene. He displayed a lack of impulse control, disregard for others, disregard for the law, lack of empathy and a despicable amount of selfishness. That is the DEFINITION of a criminal.

I'm sorry your world has obviously been upset. However, you are asking us to put ourselves in Perry's place, to not judge, to see beyond his 10 minutes of shame. Christopher Perry didn't make a mistake. He made CHOICES. Bad ones. Over and over again. Drinking during the work day? He chose yes. Drinking until excess? Yes. Driving while drunk? Yes again. Speeding on a busy street? Perry chooses yes. Staying to own up to the consequences of his behavior? NO. His choices have, literally, maimed a woman, possibly killing her. This is a man sworn to uphold the law! There is a real, live woman, lying in a hospital bed, caked with blood, her body damaged, crushed, swollen, half dead. Her family is in shock, devastated, sitting around her just hoping she pulls through. Her house is empty, her bed unslept in. Her life, her paperwork, bills, her job, her pets, the flowers in her front yard - all those things - that impact - HE DID THAT. His despicable selfishness, in a blink of an eye, tore this woman from her own life.

You called someone a jackass? You hope when our dark days descend we're not judged the same way, etc. Seriously?? Open our hearts? Show compassion? We the people are showing him compassion. He is allowed due process, the right to an attorney and the opportunity for a fair trial. A lack of compassion would have been pulling him from his car and beating him senseless. Mr. Christopher Perry - and it seems you - should be kneeling at this very moment - thanking God that we are a compassionate people in a free land. You may not like the words people use. But that doesn't change facts: We are what we do. Our actions define us. Does that one moment make a man? Unfortunately, sometimes it does.

Joeblow
Joeblow

I think you only get five points for senior citizens, or is it ten ?

Another Friend
Another Friend

My heart is heavy and throbs inside my body - mostly for Christopher Perry the man and the two unnamed injured, but also for the WHOLE OF YOU COWARDLY CRITICS whom persecute and spout ignorant and spiteful opinions in judgement!! How dare any of us sit in judgement of one another? Are we all not just MEN, equal in our ability to fail, stumble, and succumb to temptations that quickly take control of us? Are we not all human, whom daily make mistakes and fail one another in both the great and small things of this life? Chris Perry is ME, is YOU, is ANY of us by one degree or another. Go on and throw your stones from your glass houses, but when you find yourselves in the horrific undue valley where Chris is right now, I pray for compassion and mercy to find you - as undeserving as you are - and even though you criticize and write words of HATE toward an imperfect man.

friend
friend

It's unfortunate that two individuals decided to cross the street on a red light then decided to turn back around because they didn't want to get hit by a light rail. What happened to look both ways before you cross the street.

Patty Deville
Patty Deville

I've known this guy for years and I don't remember a time I have seen him sober. All of his friends are saying "I am not surprised this happened, I am surprised it didn't happen sooner."

John
John

I buy homes everyday at perry and Shapiro and have only heard of the stories about Chris. Shocked

Clueless
Clueless

wonder what the bac is....luv to see this scumbag locked up but im sure he will get a tiny slap on the wrist if not out of it completely. after all hes part of brotherhood of lawyers.

Mr. B.
Mr. B.

This guy is the foreclosure queen second to Tiffany and Bosco

He has run over thousands of homeowners each year, why is this one any different?

Watch out, her comes the Karma train buddy !!!!

I hope he like green bolgna and pink undrwear, Uncle Joe will give him a special cell next to a few angry home less buddies.

:)

Michael De Bosco
Michael De Bosco

Perry and Shapiro is in the business of foreclosing on homeowners with a heartless and aggressive approach.

The banksters pay his firm millions to steal homes, yes even while people are in the middle of loan modifications, short sales, etc. Hundreds of notices of Trustees sales each month so that this drunk can drive around during the day without remorse. Who does this kind of stuf? Obviously a criminal without a heart, why in the world would you leave anyone injured on the road to die, as if hitting them wasn't enough, oh let me guess he was scared of what the outcome would be??? These vultures that act as "trustees" for banks are absolutely fearless,that's why the banksters hire them.

WOW! a tough guy attorney who orchestrates thousands of foreclosures a year in a fashion that is above the law and now he will probably worm his way out of this charge with his relationships within the courts.

It's one thing to have a couple of cocktails at happy hour or lunch or ???? I'm sure he is burdened with guilt for pushing struggling families out of their homes, but to leave someone dieing on the side of the road or on the train track ?? Most hit and run accidents do that"hit and run", NO- he gets out of his new beamer, probaly looked down to see the damage on his car first, see's a massive head injury pedestrian (for thos not so medically knowedged) this equates to a lot of blood in most cases, then he gets back in his car abd speeds off???

His bar card deserves to be foreclosed on after he serves 10 years in jail. I pray to God the lady survives.

I'm not condoning the unlawful crossinh of the street, but to leave them both in the street after you do it- Come on !!!!!!!

Anon
Anon

delete comment with typos.

Paybacks
Paybacks

I saw, let's get the trial overwith, quickly, so Perry can get his ass to prison. I am sure there are plenty of inmates at ASP who can't wait for this piece of garbage to show up. He'll be walking bowlegged for a year.

DLB
DLB

Dear Joe blow (heavy on the blow).. Since your sociopathic view of human life compares to a game of frogger we should perhaps put 10000 points on your head. You should be ashamed... Human life is not to be underestimated or devalued by insensitive comments involving tragedies

Anon
Anon

In zero tolerance Arizona, there is no consideration for humanity's mistakes. A car accident = 20 years. 20 years for DUI with no death or injury recently given to a man. So it goes in Arizona. Change the laws to take into account human error or mistakes.

JR
JR

The man chose to drink on his lunch break.Going back to work drunk is normally a bad things.Driving drunk is worse

I'll admit he could have hit the couple if he was sober. I was driving behind him and nothing happened so fast that you couldn't react. If he were sober, she may have just ended up on his hood.

If he would had stayed, he would had shown some responsibility.

He proved to be a coward, when he decided to take off, because many of us called 911 to get the lady help.

I took a risk chasing this idiot down, I enjoyed seeing the police slam him against the ground.

J-walking is nothing compared to drunk driving.

Patty Deville
Patty Deville

Chris, get off the computer and go do something useful.

friend
friend

You are amazing! Your words are so true.

Heat_Miser
Heat_Miser

You stupid loon. This drunk bastard ran 2 human beings over in the street, stopped, saw what he had done and left them behind to die. That makes him inhuman. The vitriol he faces on these boards is nothing to what awaits him in the very near future.

Smitcr
Smitcr

@Patty Deville  Patty, I assume you knew Chris ex wife Debbie, I am her brother and have known Chris since his college days at Gonzaga, he was drunk back then.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

John, you buy properties. People make those properties their homes.

azhootie
azhootie

Hmmmm......if people would just pay their mortgages, these awful "banksters" and "heartless and aggressive" attorneys wouldn't have jobs. No one put a gun to anyone's head and forced them to sign mortgage documents. Fannie/Freddie/FHA/VA dictate a lot of what these "banksters" can do as far as loan modifications and while I definitely feel for people who are struggling to stay in their homes, a bank is a business and can't continue to allow people to live in their homes mortgage free indefinitely. Do you know that on average, people are over a YEAR behind on their mortgage payments before they are foreclosed upon? And as far as Chris goes, do you think perhaps he might have gotten out of the car to make sure that the victim was going to live? No one knows what was going on his mind when it happened but stress, panic, fear, etc can cause some people to do things they normally wouldn't do. While I don't agree with his decision to flee (and he's a friend of mine), I certainly don't judge him as I've never personally been in that situation. I do know he's not the first to freak out and try to run so it must be a pretty strong emotion that takes over you. Praying for the victims AND Chris....

Marcy
Marcy

I wouldn't have the slightest remorse at kicking people to the curb who haven't made a payment on their home in 12+ months. In fact I'd enjoy it.

Lynn
Lynn

Michael Bosco? As in Tiffany & Bosco? Aren't you in the same business?

Anon
Anon

Human life is devalued in Arizona where people are turned into commodities for $$'s.

Payback
Payback

 His blood alcohol lever TWO HOURS after the accident was .317.  That's hardly a casual drinker.

Jr123
Jr123

The lady died two weeks ago.

friend
friend

Excuse me, they ran in front of his car, who is the stupid loon. I guess you didn't watch the live video from the light train. Not even you could have stopped. Don't judge until you have all the facts

Another Friend
Another Friend

I am really sad for you and your limited perspective and compassion for humanity. You betray yourself in your words -- a beautiful self-portrayal of an ignorant, prattling fool - can't you read ENGLISH? I didn't speak a single word of wrong versus right, justice or injustce in this case.

Beware, "Heat-Miser" of your own frailty and failure as a man, that one day when you are broken and on your knees that you don't encounter the wrong side of a hateful jackass such as yourself.

not a coward
not a coward

Ah, Hootie, it was just a matter of time before you showed up trying to "defend" this drunk loser. Didn't you almost lose your house in a foreclosure sale a few years ago because you didn't feel the need to pay your mortgage? Aren't you also working in this mortgage industry? There is no defense for this asshole and what he did.

Mkdeerly
Mkdeerly

This has nothing to do with people not paying their mortgages. Sound like all his friends are excusing this guy's actions with the excuse that people cannot make their mortgage payments. What happened here is this guy was driving drunk, he hit 2 people, and when he realized that he was in real trouble he left a seriously injured person lying in the street. This also has nothing to do with this guy being an attorney. He was a drunk driver who thought of himself only and how he was going to get out of this mess. Panic, fear, stress is no excuse to leave someone who may be dying in the street especially if he is the cause of the accident. I can almost guarantee if you did not know Chris, you would have the same reaction of disgust that most of us have for this guy. Being around acoholics who are family, I can tell you the only person they think of is only themselves especially if they are drunk. One more thing, friends and family who defend the drunk's bad behavior are just as sick as the drunk.

Anon
Anon

Bill, Try 10-20 years. Read "Accidental Felons" by Daniel Horne to understand how the MCAO sentences DUI's. First offense = 10 years or take a plea as "violent felon".

JR
JR

DUI or J-walking?What is worse?

Anon
Anon

These state is driven by hateful jackasses electing officials who set zero tolerance policies that destroy innocent lives.

Mk
Mk

The report says he was under the influence at 2 in the afternoon. Since he is such a nice guy and a friend, that should be excused??? Sure these people probably should not have been crossing the street but to leave the scene while a lady lies bleeding in the street shows that he has no regard for human life. You may want to explain his drunken driving away, but you cannot explain why any human being with any ounce compassion for others would just drive away leaving these two injured in the street. All he thought about was his drunken self.

Payback
Payback

 Not only is Perry a loser, but NOW he is in prison and disbarred.

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Paybacks

So, AZHOOTIE is a single mom, drunk, who admits to DWI and then wants to defend this shitbox Perry? Ya, what a great defense. "Your honor; please don't give my friend Chris jail time, He's a great guy. We both drive drunk at time, and, well, that makes everything okay".

Another loser bitch and she's too stupid to even know it.

azhootie
azhootie

not a coward....who are you?

I did almost lose my house to foreclosure but NOT because I didn't "feel the need to pay my mortgage" but rather I was a single mom with no child support and had lost my job. I struggled to keep up. I was rescued by a friend who gave me the funds to pay the HOA the day before it was to be auctioned off. Not sure what that has to do with anything but there ya go. If you know so much about me, I'm sure you know that I didn't blame the bank even once for starting foreclosure proceedings. It was what it was.

And yep, I do work in the industry which is how I know these awful "banksters" often have very little to no power when it comes to loan modifications. It's the investors behind the loans vs the servicers that are calling the shots. It's also how I knnow on average people are a year behind before they are foreclosed upon. It's a last resort in most instances. And also, even though there were mistakes made in many many (too many) foreclosures by the banks, it was that an "i" was't dotted or a "t" wasn't crossed in most cases and not that they really shouldn't have been foreclosed upon.

Chris isn't a drunk loser. He made a horrible decision to drink and drive and I certainly do not condone that but I can't say I have never done it. They call it "impaired" for a reason. I know when I've done it in the past, I felt I was fine. Obviously my judgment was off. It wasn't a smart choice when I did it (the last time I did over 5 years ago), and it wasn't when Chris did it but again, he's not a drunk loser. He's a human being who screwed up.....like EVERYONE has done in some way, shape or form in their lives.

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