Cardwell was pulled over just after midnight on June 3 at the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Motor Drive, Doraville police spokesman Officer Gene Callaway told the AJC.
“What caught the officer’s eye, is (Cardwell) sat through a green light,” Callaway said.
Cardwell took the field sobriety test, but was arrested when he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, police said.
He was held in the Doraville jail and released on $1,210 bond, Callaway said.
In an interview Friday, Cardwell declined to provide details of the incident, based on advice from his attorney. He said the entire story will come out in court next month.
“I have great respect and a proven track record for law enforcement,” said Cardwell, who reported on crime at WSB-TV for many years until he left in 2007. “In this situation, I believe they got it wrong.”