Jul 28, 2014

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.

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

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.

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