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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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2016 years 44 minutes ago

As for the reason of arrest-in North Carolina if there is probable cause to believe an assault has occurred between a current or former husband/wife or girlfriend/boyfriend, people who have lived in the same residence together, people who have a child in common, etc. the law makes it a MANDATORY ARREST by law enforcement. It isn’t up to the locale, it is a statutory mandate, the law enforcement officer shall arrest with probable cause of assault.

So when he decides to start telling everyone how the police are in cohoots to make him look bad, remember that. And… Read more »

2016 years 44 minutes ago

Someone just posted on the StarNews:
“Isn’t it quite interesting that this “less government” individual apparently requires more government resources than the average person.”


2016 years 44 minutes ago

Why would the Republicans want Weiner gone? He’s actually the best thing for them as long as he is still in office.

2016 years 44 minutes ago
2016 years 44 minutes ago

…that sound like a squeaky little mouse when they speak!

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