WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have released the incident report regarding their stop at New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s house Monday night. It refutes much of what Berger said in an e-mail today to Police Chief Ralph Evangelous in which he claims officers lied on a police report.
Police also released a photo Berger’s girlfriend forwarded them that is reportedly of of Berger’s arm. The records also include a text Blaylock forwarded reportedly from Berger thant reads "You will never have to worry about me ev er again. I’m sorry."
In his e-mail to Evangelous, Berger disputed claims that he had injuries from a razor or that he had a pistol in his home, but that he did have a rifle. The narrative, though, says after Berger finally agreed to open his backdoor and talk with officers, he showed them cuts on his arm and gauze wrapped around his wrist. The narrative says Berger told police he had cut himself on purpose. The narrative also says that when an officer accompanied Berger into the house so the commissioner could change clothes to go to the hospital, the officer noticed and seized a rifle Berger said he had loaded that night.
In his e-mail Berger also disputed the report mentioning that alcohol or drugs were involved. According to the narrative, Berger told an officer he had been depressed since his June arrest, and that he had been taking anti-depressants and receiving professional therapy.
According to the narrative, Berger only went to the hospital after police gave him a choice of going voluntarily or being committed. Police say Berger chose to go voluntarily on the condition no one alert the media and if he was given a ride home after treatment. The commissioner eventually returned home in a taxi, according to the narrative.