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Suspected drunken driver arrested after hitting People Mover bus

Zaz Hollander

A Wasilla driver who reportedly hit a People Mover bus on 10th Avenue was arrested for driving under the influence Friday afternoon after another driver called 911, Anchorage police said.

There were no reported injuries and minor damage to the city bus.

Brian Vincent Cross, 55, was arrested for felony DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email. Cross was driving on a revoked license and is on probation for an earlier felony DUI conviction. Generally, three or more drunken driving arrests in a 10-year period constitute a felony.

Another driver behind Cross called emergency dispatchers at 12:24 p.m. to report a gray SUV swerving all over the road westbound on 5th, Castro said. The caller followed Cross - at a safe distance, she said - as the SUV headed south on L Street.

The caller said the SUV hit a People Mover bus at 10th and then drove off, Castro said. The caller continued to follow Cross southbound to Minnesota Boulevard.

At 12:31 p.m., a police officer pulled Cross over at 33rd Avenue and Minnesota, Castro said. Officers observed the suspect driver stagger and then fall down after he exited the SUV, she said. Officers found empty alcohol containers in the SUV. Cross was taken to Anchorage Jail on $25,000 cash or corporate bail with a third-party custodian.

Police said they wanted to thank the driver who "safely helped officers apprehend" the suspected drunken driver, Castro wrote.

Reach Zaz Hollander at zhollander@adn.com or 257-4317.


By ZAZ HOLLANDER
zhollander@adn.com