FIRST ON 3: Brian Berger arrested for DWI, colleagues respond


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Submitted: Wed, 12/19/2012 - 3:25am
Updated: Wed, 12/19/2012 - 2:04pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was arrested again this morning. This time for driving while impaired.

Wilmington Police arrested berger in downtown Wilmington around 2 a.m. Officers say they pulled Berger over for making “an abrupt left turn” in the 200 block of Market Street.

Other officers were called in to do field sobriety tests. After two breath alcohol tests and a blood test, police arrested Berger and booked him into the New Hanover County Jail around 6:45 a.m. He left at 8 a.m. after James Canoni posted an $800 unsecured bond for Berger.

New Hanover County Commissioners past and present say they thought the distractions were over from Berger.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says this may be a sign that the community needs to come together to support Berger.

“I think as a community, at this point, we need to number one lift the man up in prayer and find a way to build a support system around him to help him through whatever he’s dealing with,” Barfield said.

Beth Dawson says she thought with new commissioners in place things would be different. She hopes this does not distract the new board for the business at hand.

Former commissioners Rick Catlin and Ted Davis are no strangers to Berger’s run-ins with the law.

Now a state representative-elect, Catlin says he does not have plans to sponsor any legislation to allow voters to recall Berger.

Davis, also new to the state House, says he is exploring the idea, but he wants to make sure it is the right move for North Carolina and that lawmakers are not opening up Pandora’s box.

We have tried to contact Berger by phone, text, and at his home multiple times today, but he has not gotten back to us.

Berger’s next court date is January 16.

80 Comments

  • Guest211 says:

    HE CERTAINLY SEEMS TO BE CAUGHT A LOT DOING THINGS THAT ARE AGAINST THE LAW. IS HE BEING STALKED? (WATCHED CLOSELY BY THE POWERS THAT BE)? DO THEY WANT TO GET HIM OUT OF OFFICE AND DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT? EITHER LEAVE HIM ALONE OR GET HIM OUT OF OFFICE. WOULDN’T HAVE ANY NEWS TO REPORT THEN, I GUESS.

  • Guest857 says:

    I wonder why Berger didn’t get his picture posted in the “Red Star” Mugshot section. Sad that common folk are held to a different standard.

  • kristinp says:

    Elizabeth: you need to get over it. I am not even sure why you are arguing about Dr. Hickey here, except that you are so angry with yourself. If you wanted that domain name, you needed to pay for it. By not paying for it, the company that OWNED it sold it to someone else. People in this county disagreed with your politics. You said you were clear on your positions, but somehow many people heard different things come out of your mouth. You can’t have it both ways. You were clear, or you weren’t. Someone who was interested in making sure your positions were clear this time bought that domain name. That being the purpose, what other name for the domain would be MORE appropriate? And it was available, because you gave it up! That’s not spite. That is resourcefulness. Guest 2013, you like to slam others for things you and yours are responsible for. But that is part of your problem. No accountability, tons of entitlement.
    As for Brian, this is like watching a train crash. He is clearly having problems that go far beyond being “irresponsible.” I hope he gets the help he needs.

  • kristip says:

    Guest85: Well said. We don’t let bullies beat up on the socially awkward kid in high school Who said it became OK after graduation?

    The County Commissioners are like watching “Mean Girls”, but with a much less attractive cast and a far less compelling plot (who knew that was possible).

  • CapeFEARB says:

    SHOCKER!!! I bet the poor man was set up. :( It’s not so much even about the DWI, its everything

    Dear County Commissioners,
    PLEASE PLEASE make it so that Brian Berger has to resign. If he can’t drive he will be late to every meeting and he will have a hard time stalking his ex. If he does not resign, I think that Commissioner Barfield should be his Designated Driver. At least begin drafting some rules and regulations so next time we get conned into voting in someone who has mental and substance abuse issues, they can be taken off the board and REAL issues can be dealt with. We have spent way too long talking about this man, and not talking about issues.
    Thank you

    I was one of the people who voted for Mr. Berger. HUGE mistake, but I learned a lesson. I was hoping he was getting his junk together and his life straight. He is on a downward spiral, let’s pray he gets some help.

  • ilmncnative says:

    Enough is enough.

    Brian, not only can you not be on time or in some instances appear for your the obligations that we have elected you to address on our behalf as our County Commissioner, but you have now been apprehended endangering lives of citizens that elected you to office.

    Please put the interests of the citizens ahead of your own. Kindly resign and let us elect another individual who will better serve our County.

  • Straight Shooter says:

    Does anyone else want to deal with this two more years? Double hell no! He must go!

  • RSimmons says:

    Every picture you see of Berger seems to capture him with a stupid expression on his face. It took a mugshot to finally capture a normal expression from him. Maybe he should stay drunk and run for Carolina Beach Mayor.

  • What are you not seeing ? says:

    “This type of behavior reflects very poorly on all of us. We don’t have all the facts yet, so I hesitate to say much more. But as elected officials, we are held to a higher standard,” White said.

    Really?, He is in the news on a regular basis for being arrested, trying to hurt his girlfriend, or to try to kill himself……Take a few clues, he needs HELP, get him off the road, take his weapons, and get him help, he may not say it, but to me his actions speak loud and clear.

  • SouthEastNC says:

    so it sounds like berger may not have been drinking but was under the influence of something else. wasn’t there a rumor that he’s a pretty big stoner?

  • Challengetheworld says:

    I would consider Mr. Berger to be a major risk for the public. He has demonstrated numerous times he has no regard for public trust. If he were a non-elected county employee he would have been terminated several violations ago.

    The county commisioners should take all steps necessary, including involving the State’s Assembly to hold a recall election and have Mr. Berger removed.

    Mr. Berger cannot conduct himself in a manner to manage his own life, let alone any decision that remotely involves the public and its tax payer funds. Allowing him to continue is a discrace to the citizens of New Hanover County and North Carolina.

    Brian, if you are reading these comments, I suggest you seek medical assistance. You truly are a sick individual and need to step down from public office immediatley.

  • Guest1111 says:

    He obviously wasn’t drinking anything if they gave him 2 alcosensor tests, then drew his blood. Must have been on something else…

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    A system that allows such idiocy from an elected official such as berger needs to be addressed. This has gone on far too long and there must be an inclusion to kick idiots like him to the curb and spare the citizenry such embarrassment!

  • hibrow says:

    Let’s hear the case first. You know the part about innocent till proven guilty.
    If the county commissioners get to pick another great “friend” that they can “work with” on the board of commissioners, the county taxpayers MIGHT need cover.

  • Chris says:

    Berger is going through a rough time in his life. He was probably on anti-anxiety drugs. Wouldn’t you be on something if you were in his place?

  • Guesttbc says:

    What a role model Brian Berger is…he (and the county commission) is teaching our future leaders that it is perfectly acceptable to behave in this manner. It’s alright be late to meetings or not even show up, be arrested for domestic violence, threaten to commit suicide, and get a DWI. No matter what your behavior you will still be appointed to a powerful committee and get elected as a county official. There has got to be some way the County Commissioners can remove him from office. And shame on whoever appointed him to the CFPUA Board.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Let’s be real. Berger’s problems are beyond his ability to control. Although we have a right to feel frustration because of our lack of adequate governmental representation, we should also feel compassion for a person swimming in waters far beyond his ability in which to swim. The only practical solution is to wait him out until the end of his term. It is also past time however for the other elected commissioners to step up and move around Berger in an effort to efficiently govern NHC.

    “We need to find a way to build a support system around him.” said Commissioner Jonathan Barfield ….. Wrong. That time has come and gone. We need to isolate him from further positions of responsibility and wait him out.

    “This type of behavior reflects very poorly on all of us” said new chairman Woody White….. Only if the NHC commissioners continue to allocate various positions of responsibility to him, such as the CFPUC board seat.

    This is not rocket science. Don’t pay for his trips (By the way, has he ever paid off his past due debts and if not why not?). Don’t allow him to be in a position of governmental responsibility on any level outside of having a chair to sit on at the NHC Commission meetings. If he’s late or doesn’t show, just let it go. The clock will continue to tick regardless of his physical presence and eventually his tenure will come to an end.

    If the other NHC Commissioners continue to waste more of our time and our potential treasure on Berger then perhaps we should start to hold THEM accountable for THEIR actions. Berger has personal problems ….. What would THEIR excuse be?

  • Guest 10101 says:

    Saying “old white guy” isn’t referencing POLITICO, it’s using POLITICO to say something racist. Inferring that Melissa Gott’s rejection had something to do with her being Latino doesn’t reference POLITICO at all. It’s just being racist.

    Wect, the Enquirer, anti-conservatism, diversity in schools, shuffling kids around, every media outlet that ran a similar story ….. the only thing you didn’t try to blame was the kitchen sink (and I suspect you would have if you had thought of it).

    Hickey was angry and insulted that things didn’t go his way. He screwed up, lost control and lashed out with racist remarks. Too late. He said it, he owns it.

    That’s a game changer. Period.

    For you to continue to defend it is to perpetuate it. Period.

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    It seems there are other ways of removing him after reading more information. One item that looks like a clear winner is something called an amotion as pointed out on another site.

    Amotion – Removal; ousting; especially, the removal of a corporate officer from his office. He could be removed because he is unfit it seems.

    So board members…. you tired of looking like fools and want to do something about it? Yea… I thought so….

  • Guest1245 says:

    the guy is in the news in a negative way every couple months at most. A ridiculous amount of bad behavior no other public official around here in anybody’s memory has come close to.
    You supporters of Berger are completely delusional. (and yes, I am a Republican that voted for him in his general election.)

  • Guest2609 says:

    I consider Berger to be along the same guidelines of Adam Lanza, mentally unstable, and capable of doing harm to others. Please someone stop the madness before Berger flies off the deep end and then we will be sitting back asking ourselves how could this have happened!

  • Sarahl2018 says:

    You do no service to the minorities that are not represented in the republican party. There are conservatives who are minorities. The fact that they are underrepresented in the republican party is a real issue. Many articles have referenced the exact words “old white guy.” Ed Rollins, a senior strategist for the republican party, used those exact words, and is himself an “old white guy.” It is disturbing to see that you are attempting to argue that identifying an underrepresented ethnic or racial group is racist. It would be laughable if you weren’t being so vehement. You are either a racist yourself, or more likely, a radical that is doing the usual and going after a candidate you don’t like. Why let the facts get in the way of your argument? Seems to be the theme of your group of people.

    I hope the republican party is able to transform itself in to a party that is representative of all types of people. Every time Republicans seem to be making at least cosmetic progress toward inclusiveness, some old white guy shows up and tears off the mask of tolerance. In this case, it was the county commissioners.

  • Guest85 says:

    I have buyer’s remorse. Yes, though embarrassed to admit it, I voted for Berger, in part because of his party affiliation, and in part to oust old-time, ineffectual deadwood. (I’ve never voted straight ticket, and yet have learned a valuable lesson that everyone could learn from: Just because a person runs on a party ticket of preference, that is no mandate to vote for them. Decisions concerning best candidate run much, much deeper than that. Unfortunately, as indicated by recent elections, too many still insist on voting party, regardless of outcome. Again, I was wrong; I wish others would, could, come forward and state the same.

    Regardless of my poor vote, I offer two opinions: 1) Brian Berger apparently has issues more deep than anyone can fathom or resolve and is not fit to hold a public office. 2) What part has the media played in this unraveling? WWAY & The Star News have gone to the extreme in their witch hunt of persecution. Perhaps the excessive, obsessive reporting has contributed to the man’s unraveling? As the old saying goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.”

    Instead of jumping on the Berger-bash bandwagon, we citizens and the responsible media need to pursue positive, effective resolutions. If compassion is too much to expect anymore, what can we do that will conclude this ugly drama and be to the benefit of both Berger and the county?

  • Will says:

    The answer is so simple. All the commissioners need to do is pass an ordinance making them accountable to the same personnel policies as county employees. My old neighbor was fired for a DUI arrest. If they get county funded medical insurance than they should have to be held accountable to county policies. If this was the case he would have been gone after the first arrest.

  • Burgaw28425 says:

    So how’s that “Straight Party” voting you did in 2010 working out for you?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    he is an elected official. Elected by the voters. There are currently no provisions for his removal short of his conviction of a felony.

    The legislature has dodged the bullet too long in trying to come up with a statute which would allow a recall. Currently not there.

    The Council is stuck with him sort of like the Tar Baby in Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit.

  • Doobie Brother says:

    Who was riding shotgun? Was it Julia Boseman with a copy of High Times in her lap? Or was it R.C. Soles with a copy of Boy’s Life?

  • Vog46 says:

    Brian Berger was elected because he was different. He said things to imply that he was for the “small guy”, the voter, he was beholding to no one special interest group, and that he was not part of the Wilmington cabal, or the local good ‘ol boy network.

    We fell for that line in the hope that somehow Brian could change the board – give them a new outlook on things. What we didn’t see was the means by which Brian would thumb his nose at those groups. His public displays of lateness, violating a protective order, now a DWI show us that he’s not different, and that he’s somehow far less than the person we expected him to be. It’s OK to be different, but in a political forum, you can be different but you are still expected to maintain some degree of professional decorum in your dealings with fellow board members and other government employees, and the press and public.

    Mr Berger’s transgressions in his personal life have now crossed that invisible line in the sand because now his personal issues are imputing that his professional judgment can now be called into question. This is a dangerous position to be in. Politically, he’s through – the question for Brian is does he make US wait till the next election to remove him, or does he choose what’s best for the voters and resign immediately? If he claims to be different, that he’s all about “us”, he will choose resignation to show us he’s got at least one shred of respectability left. If he chooses to stay and continues on the path of political self-destruction, he will sully his reputation, and that of the Board and the reputation of the voters as well who wished for him to be that “something different”. He obviously has no idea of the political damage he has caused for himself and the board.

    Brian – get help, get “fixed”, get assistance, but more importantly, get OUT. Do it of your own accord – show us you’re capable of being helped.
    Vog

  • Guest55 says:

    Berger was probably just upset that his boy Derrick Hickey didn’t make it in as Commissioner. He got a little buzz on a Monday night and dreamed about how things could have been. Probably threw Melissa Gott in his twisted little fantasy of world domination at $16,000 a month. Dream on, little man…Dream on.

  • madenusa says:

    He/she didn’t say that they supported Burger, only to be aware of another future appointment based on the latest popularly appointed commissioner

  • madenusa says:

    Damn, don’t blame it on the system!

  • concerned one says:

    He needs to go–and be banned from any future public meetings before he snaps and hurts someone.

  • Resident of BSL says:

    They still support the Mayor who has several sexual assault charges against him. Once they get elected they think they can get by with anything and so far they can……so who is the better person here? The fireman on Oak Island who got out of a DUI…who is the better person?

  • Tom DeMann says:

    Why can’t the Wilmington sign an impeachment order and remove him, this is absolutely the crazy situation that has a simple answer, Why does The leaders of Wilmington put up with this? We are still appalled at how they handled Billy Williams issue, Hew hasn’t paid the 21 K of the 43k he stole and he is still getting about 200k a year. The leaders of Wilmington are starting to be the laughing topic in all of North Carolina.
    Jason Thompson is the only commissioner that had any brains in the last 2 years of the group and he is gone now probably due to he didn’t want to be on a team of idiots anymore, I am getting emails from friends all over the country making jokes at us here in Wilmington. WAKE UP,

  • frontpaige says:

    Dr. Derrick Hickey is a fine member of our community and a valuable area surgeon with an impeccable record at New Hanover Regional Hospital. Derrick Hickey is no more or less associated with Brian Berger than other Republican members of the NHC Commission or the NHC Republican Party.
    He would have been an outstanding addition to our county commission.

  • MCSDirector says:

    This is a time of reflection. Mr. Berger has done a lot of good things for our community. We cannot be so quick to judge. I m sure everyone in this forum has driven after consuming alcohol. It is not like he was lighting fireworks on Market street. We should all rally behind Mr. Berger at his time of need. I and many others are there for you Mr.. Berger and hereby extend an invintation to you for our March Madness party. I will be in touch through your professional channels and our community would like you to give a keynote address prior to first tip off on what we consider to be a national holiday. Preciate ya

  • Guest100 says:

    You’re not far off on your comparison. He has a history of violence, ausbergers syndrome and a gun collection. Does anyone know if he got his guns back after the last incident?

  • Justin America says:

    Yes, I get my Xanax from the kids at the bus stop. It helps me sit through the green lights with the locals. It helps me when I am walking downtown on the numbered streets. Well that and the pistol I got from the kids at the bus stop. Xanax also helps me when I’m about to drive to a house one mile away and have to drive ten because the roads don’t connect. Duh. It helps me when CFPUA comes out to each of my properties, digs a whole and then tells me there is a leak on my side… “yeah, I know. You just put it there… Where’s my Xanax and my pistol?” Yes, it helps… better living through chemistry.

  • Justin America says:

    Like marijuana? No one cares anymore. It’s like saying he likes to drink a lot of lipton tea or uses a lot of dial soap. No one cares. Posting repeated or made up accusations is also a lot like me saying i heard from a very reliable source that SouthEastNC is a child molester… now knock it off.

  • Drake Lewis says:

    I completely agree, I feel that Berger has made mistake… and everyone in NHC wants to bash him on whatever they can find wrong of him doing. He’s a nice guy and doesn’t deserve the publicity harassment he’s been given by WECT. Could you imagine losing your home, your car and your wife along with the charges he picked up; then to have the media follow you around and see what else you are doing wrong. He needs positive news, no more of this negative crap!!!!

  • brendle99 says:

    I did not hear what Berger’s alcohol amount was. I also didn’t hear if he was being charged because of a false positive from Tylenol and M&M’s.
    He has not had his day in court yet. Senator Goolsy has not asked for a change of venue yet. Mr. Berger could be found not guilty.
    What was our Mayor pro temp’s name, Catherine Moore, the one who left Henry’s bar and was arrested for driving while impaired? She was later found to be not guilty. Didn’t she sue the city or county? I think she wrote a book and moved to Florida with county hush money. Brian Berger could do the same thing, and it would serve you right if he did. I mean after it comes out that ya’ll were harassing him, and he was really innocent. Think about it. Not every bust W.P.D. makes is lawful. The cops do make mistakes, that is the reason for courts. Stop picking on Brian, he has rights….

  • Guest CommonTater says:

    hmmm Well I thought the same as well hence my first post but then read on another news site there was that option so I was happy to hope. Thanks Tom…. back to depressed once more!

  • Guestrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr says:

    Do you see what you monsters have done! This is the fault of all his critics!

  • ldjones930 says:

    I believe in free speech, but please let your comment be purely a sarcastic jab and not an opinion of pity.
    Either way, I support your right to respond.

  • GuestWilmy says:

    Are you being serious? Because if you are, LOL!!!!!

    Your “suggestion” that those in positions of power are stalking BriBri is possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. This most recent arrest stemmed from him being pulled by a WPD officer at TWO O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON A WEEK NIGHT at the 200 block of Market Street. The officer observed a traffic violation and stopped him for it, and during that stop, the officer had reason to believe BriBri had thrown back a few. Public record shows that his BAC was WAY over the legal limit. Exactly how is that a case of the “powers that be” stalking him? He got drunk. He drove. That’s illegal. for that matter, stalking and assaulting a female are also illegal. The only part of what you wrote that is truth is that he gets caught doing a lot of stupid and illegal things.

  • Guesty 1 says:

    If I were his fellow commissioners I’d be packing a handgun at all future meetings and fuctions. He strikes me as a ticking time bomb. Apparently he is unable or unwilling to get the help he needs and cases like his don’t generally end well.

  • GuestOgdenette says:

    Cops are REQUIRED to administer the alcosensor twice, separated by an interval of no less than 5 minutes. And yes, it is entirely possible that he was on something in addition to the alcohol, and that could certainly account for the blood draw.

    Please try to learn about something before you speak out on it.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    He might have been an outstanding addition except for the fact that he turned out to be a racist.

    Put all the spin on it you want, after he didn’t get the appointment, he made some comments that we’re indisputably racist.

    That’s a game changer. Period.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    He lost in the GOP primary. Duh!

  • Guest5764234 says:

    Guest 10101: I was there when Dr. Hickey made his comments about the commission’s decision. He was referencing an article by POLITICO, which is certainly not a racist publication, titled

    “Election aftermath: GOP soul-searching: ‘Too old, too white, too male’?” Read it here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83472.html#ixzz2FWYDn0mr

    WECT, only slightly more newsworthy than the Enquirer, runs a salacious clip meant to get headlines and ignores the message. Supposedly they agree with the message of diversity, just not when a conservative says it. And don’t bother bringing up diversity in schools – shuffling kids around in school doesn’t teach them anything other than their learning needs don’t matter. If Hickey is a racist, then so is every media outlet that ran a story similar to Politico.

  • Guest2013 says:

    A fine member of the community would NOT, along with his wife, have purchased the domain name of Elizabeth Redenbaugh for no other reason that for spitefulness. A normal person does NOT do that.

  • susan miller says:

    This guy is a time bomb…I hope he does not own a gun.

  • showglo says:

    No: wait till he goes crazy and shots up the meetings.. then someone can say “Oh it dont surprise me”. There were so many signs that pointed saying he was not all together in his mind!

    I pray he dont own a gun or have the smarts to build a bomb. At least if he cant drive he wont be able to run over a crowd.

    This guy is a train wreck and we want his opinion on how to handle money for this town? ummm wonder why taxes are going up. They cant handle eachother or themselves and they still want to handle a whole city.

    OH I SO HOPE HE DONT FLIP OUT IN PUBLIC AND HURT SOMEONE.

  • guestb51 says:

    WOW! I want to tell everyone who is the big DUMMY her and it’s surely not BB. This man is so smart and he will continue to do all these smart things over and over again. The old saying is you can fix a DUMB A%& but you cant fix stupid. Who else can do this and get by with it? It sure isn’t you or me.

  • Guest123 says:

    I can’t wait to read all of the comments about how this “paragon of civic virtue” is just getting a bad rep and is truly what we need more of in office…

  • CapeFEARB says:

    It will be a bit until Mr. Berger gets over his hangover and naps, no one can seriously defend him, it has to be him. Then he will be able to defend himself, and blame the media, or an ex girlfriend. Glad they got him off of Market street before our kids school buses were out.

  • Justin America says:

    Let’s see. Where did I put it? Maybe they will appoint me commissioner for a while. First thing; Ima outlaw violence. Doh, wait. It already… shut the front door. Anyway, I’m starting to really like this guy. I can relate to him. He’s late. He’s in trouble at work when he goes. His jobs always right on the edge but he keeps on. Let me find out he was going backwards down Market with his lights off in the rain with a suspended license taking a bong hit with a hooker on his lap and I will vote for him several times again. (no voter ID law in NC) did I vote for YOU?

  • GuestJay says:

    After all the stories I’ve read on this guy, I can honestly say its only a matter of time before he snaps. SOMEBODY needs to wake up and do something about/with him before its too late.

  • Mayan Observer says:

    Well, he’s already beat up on his girlfriend numerous times, been detained after attempting suicide, etc. He’s given us ample warning, really, so further mayhem should come as no surprise.

  • Andy says:

    What? Commissioner Jonathan Barfield: “We need to find a way to build a support system around him.”

    That’s great, but he needs to be removed as a Commissioner FIRST. THEN he needs to get help.

  • CapeFEARB says:

    I bet commissioner Barfield was not even surprised. He realized the media was trying to contact him early on a tuesday morning and first thing that popped into his head was “WTF did berger do now”???????

  • MCSPrez says:

    That’s my guy.

  • Wilmingtonbred says:

    Is this FINALLY the incident that will get this idiot to resign?!? I personally don’t care if he endangers himself all day long, but now he’s putting the citizens of the county he’s supposed to be serving in grave danger. The guy is a pathetic, sad, sick little man, and it’s time for him to GO. Whether he gets help or goes to jail is none of my problem or concern, but it IS my concern that he represents this county’s voters and makes such poor choices that he could actually kill an innocent person. He obviously has impaired judgement, and he can no longer be allowed to make decisions that impact the lives of the people in New Hanover County. Resign, Berger. You’ve been an embarrassment to us all for long enough.

  • Vog46 says:

    Amen to that.

    Vog

  • fleebailey says:

    No wonder he is always late. If he was booked at 642am he must have been pulled at 500am. It is tough to be at meetings on time when you stay out all night.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I believe he was stopped around 2 AM; took some field tests for sobriety; and for whatever reason, was taken to NHRMC before he was finally booked. Must be a first offense as he was released on an unsecured bond.

  • GuestJZ says:

    Proof that NC is a worthless state, voters should have the power to recall an elected official! The next headline will be his suicide, mark my words.

  • GuestNCNative says:

    Help clean up the state of NC by getting your pointless hind parts out of it. If we are as worthless as you claim, GET OUT. Now. Why wait another day? And if you’re NOT presently living in NC, why the heck are you reading our news websites? If we’re so worthless, why would you care enough to read about what is happening here?

    Mark my words…even better headline would read “Jackass Finally Leaves”, accompanied by photos of countless North Carolinians rejoicing for yet another idiot – you – being removed from our presence.

  • Gustafo says:

    First of all he doesn’t have something called humility. Secondly, pack your stuff and go back to your state. You will not be missed. Just because something doesn’t go our way, doesn’t mean we get to throw temper tantrums and blame an entire state for Brian Berger. Just wondering of the thought level you’re actually on and it hurts to ponder the depths.

  • Susan Mintz says:

    NC is not a worthless state. It’s not perfect, but right now, it appears that NO place on this earth is either. And on your part to predict someone is going to committ suicide, is WRONG! He should have to answer for his actions, and he should be made to step down. But your choice of words were unexceptable and just plain wrong!

  • The Situation says:

    transplants from the utopia known as Up North. That’s why he won in 2010. Y’utes guys from the, ahem, “superior” states wanted to get one of “ours” on the board. Well, you got it.

  • Guest111 says:

    I certainly hope you are mistaken. I hope the next headline is that he has checked himself into a hospital for help in the mental health and/or drug issue program.

  • guesty says:

    It would be nice but I don’t think we will be so lucky.

  • GuestJZ says:

    You are too funny, hahahaha! “Hind parts,” that is good hahaha!

  • Demongraphics42 says:

    Just a tad confused ….. Ya mean those who caint count or those who dont count or mebee those who wont count … Just askin ya …..

    FYI: Ya know dont ya, that hind points are always rounded, never pointed, dont ya? Kinda one a them redundented thangs ta call em pointless.

  • GuestNCNative says:

    ….so that hopefully you can understand.

    It’s clear by your serious lack of proper grammar and correct spelling that intelligence is not something you have in abundance. Too bad, really, because it makes it impossible to take anything you write seriously when you can’t even form a coherent sentence.

    It’s time for you to put down the crack pipe. I wrote hind PARTS, not hind points. Hind parts refer to that thing that YOU see staring back at you from your bathroom mirror – the buttocks.

    Finally, your 3rd-grade education has obviously left you unable to comprehend even the simplest idioms. Countless as I used it means that there would be scores (the meaning of that word as used here is “a lot”) of North Carolinians jumping for joy to see yankees and idiots leaving our state for good. So run along now, Dimwit…your bus is leaving.

  • guesty says:

    They had to have blood drawn. I would guess he wasn’t drunk but on some other drug that impaired his abilities.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    there’s more voters from up North voting here than voters that actually grew up here? Perhaps you just meant that people who grew up here just aren’t capable of voting? No wonder you feel, shall we say “inadequate”. What a dumb thing to say.

    Thank goodness that the vast majority of voters who grew up here are considerably brighter than that, just like in the rest of our fair country.

  • Guestrrrrrr says:

    out of state. So yeah, six years later, I’d venture that the number of out of state migrants are either greater than or equal to natives. For Pete’s sake, just go out, walk around and listen to accents as an anecdotal bit of evidence.

  • Off The Cuff says:

    If he still has the 50B order against him by his ex girlfriend, it has a restriction on possessing guns and the police usually seize those when the order is served. Or, at least that is the way it is supposed to work.

    However, gun bans or not, people can get a gun.

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