Judge issues warrant for Berger’s arrest; commissioner says he didn’t know he had court

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Submitted: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:59pm
Updated: Fri, 01/24/2014 - 1:56pm

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.


  • Vog46 says:

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


  • GuestAMotion says:

    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.

  • Shaun O'Rourke says:

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

  • jim rhodes says:

    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,

  • Guest1221 says:

    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

  • DITTOS says:

    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.

  • southernmomma says:

    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!

  • Guest2020 says:

    That is the usual practice.

  • SavvyOne says:

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

  • Guest X says:

    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….

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    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!

  • ILM 55years says:

    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!

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    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??

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  • nikatnite says:

    Really,no offense but im guessin ur about 15-20yrs old.Heres this both of them has broken the law.both of them was doin dumb stuff behind the wheel of a car.Difference between the 2 is the age,but they both should know better not to do dumb stuff.The only thing i can say positive is he’s young and hopefully he will learn from his mistakes,But in another thought he’s young,rich,famous and has a bad circle of friends.So we will leave him alone when he stop doin stupid stuff.

  • prnc4287 says:

    mr bieber just got out of jail also,dui dwlr and resisting arrest.
    go figure

  • Timothy Turner says:

    Lol! Well if we elect Beiber at least maybe we’d get somewhere on legalizing medicinal or recreational marijuana in this state…

  • Buster says:


    I read the headline and I thought it said, “Judge Issues Warrant for Bieber’s Arrest.”

    My heart stopped. How could you do this to your readers? We are all Bieber fans, and we are praying the police, courts, and judges will leave the poor boy alone.

    From now on please be aware there are thousands of devoted Justin Bieber fans here in Southeastern NC who are hanging on to every shred of news about him.

    Berger? We couldn’t care less about this aging political crackpot, and Bieber is young and such a cutie and a sweetie.

  • jedi1975 says:

    Brian? Is that you? To be sure you’d be the only one trying to create a cloud of mistrust against the other commisioners…..but now you’ve included your own lawyer, the judge in the case and the entire New Hanover court system!!!! The rallying cry can no longer be,” They’re all out to get me!”…..Bud, you’re out to get yourself. Stay off the message boards man and take your meds….as prescribed….and not in excess

  • John says:

    Anyone know Woody White’s involvement in this? He’s been on a witch hunt for Berger since White took office. It finally seems like it’s piling on Berger, but White could be involved behind the scenes. I find it especially troubling that White’s friend and Berger’s lawyer conveniently forgot to tell him about his court date.

    White’s running for Congress this year and if anything were to come out about his involvement it could blow up in his face.

    Someone should look into this.

  • Lest we not forget, Woody White and The Tea Party Conservative all supported Mr. Berger in 2010 over Bill Caster in the Primary runoff and Debbie Butler in General election. The tea Party and Woody White gave us Brian Berger, but now they have selected and convenientbait the line amnesia.

  • Old Guy says:

    “FIRST he made a circus out of the County Commissioners….NOW he is making a circus out of New Hanover County Courts and the Judges that have had to endure this.”

    It was so simple for him to make a circus out of them! They are the most ignorant people on the face of the planet let alone New Hanover County. They wasted over $120,000.00 to take away our rights as United States citizens. Our right to VOTE. Three individuals that think they control all of New Hanover County got exactly what they deserved “mud in the face a real disgrace”. Someone put them back into their place. “servants” of the people, by the people and for the people is what they were elected to do!

    Brian’s time will come and he will have to face the consequences of his actions. Just wait it out. As far as the commission I will not be voting for not one of them in the future for anything including “dog catcher”!

  • Guest5648 says:

    So it is ok that he “forgot” his court date?? REALLY? Any person that has ever been in Court KNOWS it is their OWN PERSONAL responsibility to remember their Court dates, changes or continuances. Then to “text” and claim he had no idea that he had a court date…..REALLY? With ALL the resources to give EVERY PRIVATE CITIZEN the Court calendars….So when he does decide to appear …will he be forgiven his “FTA”? Or will he still be required to make bond?

    Wonder if this will work for the rest of us….if we should “forget” our Court dates… can we just “text” and say we didn’t know and all will be forgiven….

    FIRST he made a circus out of the County Commissioners….NOW he is making a circus out of New Hanover County Courts and the Judges that have had to endure this.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …that attorney is the one responsible for obtaining a continuance, understanding the new court appointed appearance dates and to clearly inform his client of such. THAT is what they get paid 250 clams an hour to do!

  • guestonepercent says:

    Brian Berger is ready to run for higher office. Maybe he should challenge Rouzer or White for Goolsby’s Senate seat? New Hanover County voters LOVE this guy!

    Run, Brian, RUN!

  • Guest1118 says:

    Rouzer and White are running in the GOP primary for the U.S. Congressional seat held by Mike McIntyre. Thom Goolsby is a STATE Senator. If you’re a voter please do a better job of being informed.

  • Huber Hanes, says:

    More times than I care to discuss — its sometimes also about a client not having paid his attorney fees that siutations like this — FTA occurs.

  • guesty says:

    We all know how confusing calendars can be.



    Date of Birth

    Court Date

    Court Room


    Case Number




    Date of Birth

    Court Date

    Court Room


    Case Number

    and don’t forget about your case January 29th.

    Whew, that was hard.

  • fleebailey says:

    I figured he would be late, but I thought he would at least show up.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    “dishonesty and evil” ? Paranoid as usual.

  • Mike Sheehan says:

    One of SE North Carolina’s finest. Please re-elect him for entertainment value. We can work with the rest of Commissioners running for “higher” office.

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