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.

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80 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Brian Berger arrested for DWI, colleagues respond"


Guest211
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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
2015 years 8 months ago

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.