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Drunken driving charges lead to discharge of one officer, suspension of police powers of another

A Milwaukee Police Sergeant, already under investigation for an unrelated department violation, was arrested Tuesday night for drunken driving.

Officers were called to a single vehicle crash at 8 p.m. May 1 near 79th St. and W. Howard Ave. where a car had struck a house. The officers called for a supervisor, as is standard operating procedure, when the driver was identified as Sgt. Charles Cross.

Cross failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for first-offense OWI – with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. He was booked and released. His police powers have been suspended and he is assigned to administrative duty at the Neighborhood Policing Bureau.

MPD’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating and will forward the results of that investigation to Chief Edward A. Flynn for review. Cross already was under investigation for theft of overtime. The Milwaukee Police Department referred the case to the district attorney’s office for review. That case is still pending. Cross, 49, has 19 years of service on the Milwaukee Police Department.

Wednesday, Chief Flynn discharged a 20-year veteran officer for his second OWI offense. The 44-year-old officer was discharged when he received his second OWI while still serving a suspension for his first OWI offense.

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