Alpharetta councilman declines to comment on DUI charge

by: Eric Philips Updated:


ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Alpharetta City Councilman Michael Cross declined questions from a Channel 2 reporter Monday night at his first council meeting since his arrest on charges of DUI and child endangerment.

“Do you have anything you'd like to say about the charges?” Channel 2’s Eric Philips questioned.   “No comment thank you,” Cross replied.

Alpharetta police arrested Cross Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving. Police said Cross’ 7-year-old son was in the back seat.

 “As an elected official, do you not think that the folks who elected you have a right to hear you say something about these very serious charges?” Philips pressed.  “There will come a time for that,” Cross replied.   

Channel 2 Action News obtained dashcam video of Saturday night’s traffic stop.
"I mean I had a beer three hours ago,” Cross says in the video.  "I do not believe there was any reason for you to pull me over, and I do not believe there was probable cause."

Andrew Alexander called 911 after he said he saw Cross driving erratically and nearly going the wrong way on Ga. 400.
“People need to be responsible on the roads and be concerned about other motorists and having a child in your back seat is extremely dangerous,” Alexander said.

Cross’ attorney said the councilman denies he was driving drunk. The father of four refused a Breathalyzer or a field sobriety test.

Cross, who is also an attorney, has chosen not to comment prior to his court date, which has not yet been set.