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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A judge has issued a warrant for Brian Berger’s arrest after the New Hanover County Commissioner failed to show up for a court appearance. But Berger tells WWAY he did not know he was supposed to be in court.

Berger was due in court this morning for charges of drug possession, DWI and impeding traffic. The charges stem from Berger’s arrest Dec. 6 after Wilmington Police say they found him slumped over the steering wheel of a car on Masonboro Loop Road.

When Berger did not appear today, Judge Sandra Ray issued an arrest warrant with a $25,000 bond, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

When reached via text message this afternoon, Berger told WWAY he did not know there was a warrant out for his arrest and that he was not in town.

“I was scheduled for court jan (sic) 16, jan 29 and feb 20,” Berger wrote. “I was there the 16th. No notice of a change in schedule was provided. I’m sick of all the dishonesty and evil. I offered to turn myself in to authorities and received no response from my attorney, woody white’s (sic) buddy. I have the text message(s) to prove it.”

But when Berger’s court date was continued last week, WWAY and other news outlets reported that the case was rescheduled until today, and the case was on an online docket. Berger is due back in court Jan. 29 for a trial on his Dec. 2012 DWI arrest.

Berger’s attorney Buddy Allard could not be reached this afternoon for comment.

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  • Guest Reply Redux

    Won’t that amount be reduced to…say…$550 by the time a Judge lowers it like all the other criminals get in Wilmington??? Or maybe $1.25??

  • Guest2020

    That is the usual practice.

  • ILM 55years

    First the city council had Katherine Moore.
    Now the county has Brian Berger. I don’t trust the average voter here or anywhere.
    We put in clowns, and expect Awesome results! Our county government has been a joke for at least 35years.

    Our state government was controlled by self serving idiots for at least 100plus years. Now let’s see if the clowns at the state level will prove me wrong.
    Our Federal govt is as big a joke as Berger or Moore ever were here.

    Hell just re-elect everybody from Washington to here. Let’s see if it changes for us.
    Let’s vote Berger in again it will at least be funny!

  • jim rhodes

    Uhhhh why would Berger be in NY if he had a court date, Probably never left Wilmington. He thinks he is Steven Segal “Above The Law”.
    Could you imagine being his neighbor,,, just saying,

  • Vog46

    Has now outdone Woody as “Commission Clown” of the year.
    But it is up to US to remove him, not Woody White.


  • Guest-o-matic

    However, we can expect such from Berger since we all know he was never a politician in the first place and had never been a public figure prior to his election to the board. Woody White on the other hand IS the Board chairman, supposed to be an experienced attorney and owns his own firm. Yet he made imbicillic and impulsive decisions with his obviously desperate attempt to oust Berger. Woody spent in excess of 100 thousand dollars of taxpayer money to do so and STILL failed! Woody has proven couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a scatter gun from 10 feet! And he’s an “attorney”?

    I suppose your term “clown” is somewhat subjective, but from my viewpoint Berger still has a way to go to get to the top!

  • Guest X

    Since Berger is on his way out,I think he should do one last public service.He should announce his support for White,that should do the trick,and sink White.Getting rid of one clown and one crook,how sweet it would be….

  • SavvyOne

    Were warrants issued for every other citizen that failed to appear yesterday?

  • southernmomma

    It is time for him to go bye bye!sick of all of his excuses.We do not need someone like this to represent New Hanover county.This guy is a joke!He forgot about court,like he forgot meetings he was suppose to attend.yea right!


    It was all over the news last week and yesterday he had a court date…so I knew…everyone else knew…lol!! I’ve known some nut cases in my life, but this guy is in another galaxy. I’ll give 3 to 1 odds he won’t show you those “texts” Don’t worry BB… don’t worry going out of your way to “turn yourself in”…they got a pair of handcuffs for you when they find you.

  • Guest1221

    Gee! He must not watch the news or read the papers..his court date has been the front story for the past day! Maybe he was too busy stalking his ex, feigning suicide or passed da eff out in a turn lane. #KeepMakingWilmingtonJoke

  • Shaun O’Rourke

    The right wing needs to soul search in the next election and vet their candidates next time before voting in “The Crazy”.

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  • GuestAMotion

    Let’s remember his attendance record as a Commissioner. How many times was he absent? How many times did he use the excuse that no one told him about the meeting? Same Brian, different day.

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