Berger released from jail after being arrested for failure to appear

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Submitted: Sat, 01/28/2012 - 2:30am
Updated: Thu, 03/29/2012 - 1:06am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger was back behind bars Friday. The New Hanover County Commissioner was arrested this morning after he failed to appear in court.

Berger is no stranger to running behind schedule, but today there was a serious price to pay for his tardiness.

For more than half an hour sheriff’s deputies walked around Berger’s home Friday morning after he did not show up to court. After finally making contact with him, officers arrested Berger for failure to appear.

The deputies said Berger thanked them for their professionalism, but they did not discuss why he had not made it to court.

Downtown, court waited on Berger. He was scheduled to appear at 9:30 a.m. for a violation of a domestic violence protective order filed by his ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock, who was in the courtroom.

Fellow County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield was subpoenaed to testify. He waited more than an hour before the judge let him and other witnesses go. Barfield said he had a busy day, which was wasted waiting for Berger.

“We’re wasting taxpayers’ dollars,” Barfield said. “For those of community action who are just sitting here for the last hour and a half, those folks could have been at work as well doing their jobs. So I just see it as a total lack of respect and disregard for other people’s time.”

Almost two hours after the hearing was scheduled to begin, Berger finally arrived at the court house in hand cuffs. Judge Shelly Holt quickly issued a $25,000 secured bond pending a forensic evaluation for competency. The evaluation must be done within seven days. The judge may then revisit the bond depending on the results.

The sheriff’s office says Berger’s case was handled according to protocol.

“Mr. Berger has had issues in court the past couple of months, and we’ve tried to address those equally the way we do with anybody else,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

We tried to talk to Commissioner Berger’s attorney Thom Goolsby after the bond hearing, but he declined to comment.

Berger posted bond Friday night and was released from the New Hanover County Detention Facility. He is due back in court Tuesday morning.

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76 Comments on "Berger released from jail after being arrested for failure to appear"

2015 years 8 months ago

“Mr. Berger has had issues in court the past couple of months, and we’ve tried to address those equally the way we do with anybody else,”
Equally??!! excuse me!!??? Since when does an FTA on a farcical “domestic battery” that was little more than an argument with one’s girlfriend warrant an immediate execution of bench warrant? If the county executed those “equally” the jails would be overflowing with those kinds of trivial persecutions.

Does Burger obtain this kind of “special” treatment explicitly because he is a county commissioner who doesn’t tow the party line? This does NOT look good to those of the general public who are not happy with this current administration. This is really starting to LOOK like a good ‘ol boys network who are used to getting what they want and are even dropping all pretenses about keeping it under wraps. Any fool can see that now…

There are those out there watching this with a very jaundiced eye, commissioners. Very jaundiced indeed….

2015 years 8 months ago

I think he should run for governor.

2015 years 8 months ago

This man is crying out for help!!!!! It is evident that there is something seriously wrong with him. I used to think he was just thumbing his nose at the good ole boy network, but he has proven that something is seriously wrong. There has to be a way to get him out of office. No one deserves this type of representation and we should not have to put up with it any longer. I think he has become a danger to himself and to all around him.

But in saying that, there are a couple of others – Barfield and Thompson that need to go too. Hopefully come election time, people will recognize the fact that these are egotists who have their own agenda and it is not the best interest of the people their are representing.

2015 years 8 months ago

Yeah…thank god he only did this and didn’t decide to run a male brothel out of his house.

2015 years 8 months ago

I will tell you one thing for sure. I live around some mean mean mean heartless individuals. This man is not the best person to be in office, I will surely admit that, but he is still a human being. I think his break-up with his girlfriend has sent him over the edge and he has had some sort of mental/nervous breakdown. The same thing happened to Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen, and now Demi Moore. It could happen to any one of you. He is hurting inside and you all are making fun of him constantly.Several people have killed themselves from being bullied on the internet. If Mr. Berger kills himself will you all be satisfied? Or will you be able to live with yourselves knowing you might have contributed to it? All because he is not the best councilman ever !!!