FIRST ON 3: Berger bond set; Girlfriend too afraid to go to his house without police; Listen to 911 call


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Submitted: Sat, 06/11/2011 - 3:57am
Updated: Sat, 06/11/2011 - 4:14pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Commissioner who’s been embroiled in several controversies landed in jail overnight. Wilmington Police arrested Brian Berger shortly after midnight.

During a court appearance this morning, a judge set Berger’s bond at $500 unsecured.

Berger is charged with assault on a female and damage to personal property. Berger faces up to 150 days in jail if convicted. A police spokeswoman says the charges stem from a domestic incident at his home around 7 p.m. Thursday.

In a call to New Hanover County 911, the alleged victim told an operator it wasn’t an emergency, but she wanted a police officer to accompany her to Berger’s home.

Listen to Brian Berger’s girlfriend’s call to 911.

View incident report from Wilmington Police Department

“Basically what’s happening,” the unidentified woman said, “is my boyfriend and I had a huge fight, and he’s throwing my stuff out, and the trash is being picked up tomorrow, and I need to get my stuff, but he’s already been physical. He’s tried to, I don’t know, grab me, and I’m scared to go over and get my stuff, so I’m wondering if there’s any way that I can have a police officer come to my place and then escort me to his place so I can get my things.”

According to a news release from the police department, the woman told officers the incident happened at Berger’s home. An incident report identifies the woman as Catherine Heather Blaylock.

The alleged victim went on to say that she did not want to wait by herself outside Berger’s home at 527 Commons Way waiting for an officer, so arrangements were made for her to meet an officer at a drugstore nearby.

The woman told the operator she just wanted to get a few things of hers out of a box Berger was trying to throw away.

“I’m just more scared that… he’s already tried to get in my car,” she said, “and when I locked the doors so he couldn’t get in, ripped the door handle off my car. So I really don’t want to be alone with him right now.”

Berger is being held without bond at the New Hanover County detention facility. He’ll make his first appearance in court later today.

This is not the first time police have responded to Berger’s home. Back in January, WWAY obtained text messages from Blaylock, who lived with Berger at the time, that claimed that she was concerned about herself and her children.

Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 and wwaytv3.com for more information on this story throughout the day.

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49 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Berger bond set; Girlfriend too afraid to go to his house without police; Listen to 911 call"


GuestReally
2015 years 8 months ago

the girlfriend says”uhmmm is this like the number I call to get the police or something..?” Uhmmm…

She called 911…. I mean,,, Really??

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2015 years 8 months ago

Please email Rhonda Amoroso, Chair of the NHC GOP Party, about whether you think the party should demand Berger’s resignation and appoint a replacement. All emails will be read and replied… Thanks, rhonda.gopchair@gmail.com

2015 years 8 months ago

Sounds more like assault on a vehicle to me.

GuestfromNHC
2015 years 8 months ago

This is a man who is constantly late, rambles without making valid points, has anger issues, a hard time accepting reality, and now has been arrested. The whole board of Commissioners should take a drug test. Mr. Berger is acting like an addict. Maybe it is not a chemical addiction, but something is off here. Anyone who knew Brian several years ago can testify to the fact that this is not the same man. I have a bad feeling we are seeing a young man who at one time had a great future …….spiral down the drain. No matter how much of this charge is true, something is off here. I actually was surprised and pleased that members of the board support him at this time. Maybe Mr. Berger will get his act together, the first step is considering the option of stepping down, and getting his life together out of the public eye

Brock
2015 years 8 months ago

Arrest records are entirely public and looked at nightly. Anyone with a cellphone app or an internet connection can listen to police scanners. Star News runs mug shots on their front page. I’d be embarassed for our media if they didn’t catch this particular famous face by the break of dawn.