UPDATED: Michael Cross Found Not Guilty of DUI, Child Endangerment

A Fulton County State Court Judge made the ruling today in the case against the Alpharetta City Council member.

Alpharetta City Councilman Michael Cross
Alpharetta City Councilman Michael Cross

UPDATED 6 P.M.: Comments by Michael Cross from questions asked via email have been added to the end of this story. 

A State Court Judge in Fulton County found Alpharetta City Councilman not guilty of a DUI charge made against him on Feb. 23, 2013.

Judge Pasty Y. Porter made her ruling in a non-jury trial today, Jan. 24, according to online court records. Cross also was found not guilty on three other charges: failure to maintain lane; child or youth restraint not used properly, and; endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

All of the charges were misdemeanors.

A caller to 911 told a dispatcher on Feb. 23, 2013, that a Ford Explorer was driving erratically from Ga. 400 in Forsyth County to Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. It was stopped near the intersection of Old Milton Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road, and Cross was identified as the driver.

Cross was asked about the ruling today and said Judge Porter relied primarily on the officer's testimony and video recording. He said she did not see evidence of impairment and was unable to identify any real evidence of impairment.

"Judge Porter also stated that she didn’t see any reason why this case was even being tried and took the prosecution to task for doing so," said Cross.

"At this point, I’m happy this matter is resolved, and I’m thankful for the support from my family, friends, co-workers, and so many others.  It is one thing to believe in the judicial system; it’s quite another to see that it actually works," said Cross.

No Name January 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM
So basically the 911 caller was a liar, and the policeman's judgment was in error. Is the police being disciplined for such grave misjudgment? Sounds like OJ.
Nathaniel Townsend January 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Or maybe the 911 caller' s judgement was in error and the police was an ass hole. In my opinion the is an example of justice. Plus Mrs. Cross was my teacher at Reinhardt University. And a great teacher at that. Thanks for the "A" Mr. Cross!
strange days February 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM
happened to me. Passed 10 breathe test. the last 3 "out of 13" was on a machine that giving a XXX code instead of a number. they said i wasnt blowing hard enough. come to find out the machine in Cherokee county jail house was more than 25% off, and the XXX's meant it needed service. I ws arrested after 2 field test, AND the officer that made the stop was off duty, working a second job as a road crew worker. I was stopped at a red light when he approached me. took me a year, most of my hair, and my car. I was found not guilty by jury trial. The proecicution said i was an alcoholic that practiced the field test. I was 21 at the time. I moved out of GA shortly after, as i dont have any more money, or time to give to the state. GA CAN SUCK A FAT ONE.
strange days February 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Nathaniel. NO THIS IS NOT JUSTICE. Justice would be the man gets that year back. All the court visits, all the time away from work COMPENSATED. his lawyer fee's COMPENSATED. But no the officers mistake cost him a year of stress, and god knows how many hours sitting in jail/court house. GA's LEGAL SYSTEM IS SHIT!!!!


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