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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger had his court case for a DWI charge continued this morning. Berger is due back in court April 24.

Wilmington Police arrested Berger in downtown Wilmington on December 18 around 2 a.m. after they say he made an abrupt left turn in the 200 Block of Market Street. Lab tests revealing Berger’s blood alcohol level was 0.08, which is above the legal limit.

Berger drove to court this morning. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman says Berger’s license is suspended. The Clerk of Court’s office says there is a possibility that Berger was issued a “paper license” in court today that would allow him to drive for the time being, but there is not yet any record that that has happened.

Berger told WWAY after a commission meeting last month that he had had three beers and a shot before he was arrested, but believes that a combination of prescription drugs made him appear more intoxicated.

Berger said he plans to fight the charge.

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15 Comments on "Berger drives to court on suspended license, case continued"

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m getting really tired of people asking:
– “How do we get this guy out of office?”
– “Who voted this guy into office?”

C’mon folks, you should know those answers by now! For the last time:
– We can’t get him out; we have to wait him out.
– Lots of people voted for him, they just didn’t know he was nuts.

Moving on to more relevant questions……..

– Why do our other NHC commissioners continue to allow him to do anything more than just attend the NHC Commission meetings?
– Why do they allow him to get involved with anything other than just sitting in his chair during those meetings?
– How can they not know that from this point forward, that a man who is incapable of knowing his license is suspended is also incapable of contributing any sound judgment to any committee or board he is sitting on?

It’s getting way past time to stop crying in our beer over Berger and to start holding the other commissioners accountable for not putting more effort into completely and totally reining him in. No exceptions.

Berger, unfortunately, can’t seem to help himself. What’s their excuse?

2015 years 10 months ago

2 Points:

Perhaps he is unaware of WAVE.

Don’t underestimate him. For years beyond reason, folks posted and commented on former State Senator Soles. One would have thought there would be much more of an effort to unseat him based on all of those comments. And every election until this past, when he chose to retire, he was re-elected and generally by a wide margin.

Has anyone stepped up to the plate and begun the steps needed to become better known to the voting public and run a succesful campaign when he stands for re-election.

In the absence of that, he may be re-elected.

2015 years 10 months ago

In every photo I have ever seen of Brian he is posed like a fool or a nut case. This is as normal looking as I have ever seen him in person or in the media

2015 years 10 months ago

Goolsby is just a sane or less impaired version of the same ideologue

Straight Shooter
2015 years 10 months ago

Also a big question is why does Goolsby continue to represent and support Berger Boo Boo? He apparently has no money!

2015 years 10 months ago

Somebody better send him a text, otherwise he might forget.

2015 years 10 months ago

So, Mr. Berger drove to the County Courthouse with NO license? How can that be justified? He should have been arrested on the spot since every law officer probably knew it at the time!
Are they also looking the other way? No one is or should be allowed to drive on a suspended license. Time to take him off the street as well out of New Hanover politics permanently

2015 years 10 months ago

I guess the cops “looked the other way” when he was arrested for DWI as well? Your criticism of LEO is jaded by your miguided pre-conceived notions. Get a grip!

2015 years 10 months ago


2015 years 10 months ago

That strategy worked for Catherine Moore a few years ago while enroute from Henry’s…

Guest 10101
2015 years 10 months ago

He blows a .08, and says he plans on fighting the charge. His defense apparently will be that he was combining the alcohol with prescription drugs at the time and that made him appear even more drunk. I’ll bet it did. Duh!

Only Berger could find the logic in claiming he was also under the influence of drugs as well as the alcohol as an excuse for driving while intoxicated.

Goolsby will have to be one heck of a pro if he plans on not laughing while presenting Berger’s illogical defense in front of a judge.

Brandon Ham
2015 years 10 months ago

The better question is who are the thousands of ‘responsible citizens’ who voted this ass clown into office. He is a joke and nothing more.

2015 years 10 months ago

Sometimes I have to wonder if polotics is Gods practical joke on humanity.

Brandon Ham
2015 years 10 months ago

The question that has been left out of this debate is who are the ‘responsible citizens’ who votes this a@% clown into office??? Hes obviously a complete failure and a joke….Is their any way of getting this guy out of office before end of his term???!!!

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

I may be wrong but Bergers license was suspended when he was arrested, for thirty days no less and is not reinstated until he pays a reinstatement fee of $50.00. He knew or should have known this and his attorney knew this. It is a civil revocation. Berger has been driving around more than just to court appearances without a valid license and He has been for a month. How say you Berger?


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