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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger will not spend any time in jail for his DWI charges.

The New Hanover County Commissioner was back in court this morning closing the case on two arrests in the last 14 months.

"You're story has been played out in public more than, I think, any other elected official that I can ever recall," the judge told Berger. "Hopefully this is going to close one of those chapters and let you move on."

To close this chapter, Berger pleaded guilty to DWI and drug possession Monday morning.

"He was treated fairly," Berger's attorney Buddy Allard said. "He was treated like anyone else in the public who would have been facing the same situation."

The charges stem from his December arrest when police found Berger passed out in a car on Masonboro Loop Road. Investigators say Berger had four different types of pills on him, including two for which he did not have a prescription.

Berger was originally charged with felony drug possession, but that charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. The District Attorney's Office also dropped an impeding traffic charge as well as a DWI charge from December 2012.

"I think it allows him a perfect opportunity to address personal issues that will make things better for him in the future," Allard said.

But leaving the courtroom, Berger had nothing to say about his future.

The judge sentenced Berger to 48 hours community service while suspending a 120-day jail sentence. He will be on supervised probation for a year. If he completes that successfully, the judge said the drug charge will be dropped.

Berger began the day facing an arrest warrant for missing a court hearing Jan. 23. Berger, who found out about the warrant from WWAY, said that day he did not know he had a court date scheduled.

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Old Guy
2015 years 11 months ago

Dear Mr. Guesty,
We all make mistakes but DWI get dropped everyday in New Hanover Count and within North Carolina. Oh Well I guess one won’t hurt anyone.

2015 years 11 months ago

Dear Old Guy,
You need to read this from the story: “The District Attorney’s Office also dropped an impeding traffic charge as well as a DWI charge from December 2012.”

Old Guy
2015 years 11 months ago

Dear Mr. Savage,
You need to read that the drug charge would be dropped when Berger completes the judge’s sentence not the DUI or that is here in North Carolina DWI. There is a difference. By the way the PTSD diagnosis is a bunch of crap. What about all of the veterans from
World War II, Korea and Vietnam? All of those people that served our country that came back were told to deal with it, that it was “Shell Shock” and just to get over it. Most of the veterans that claim PTSD are a bunch of drug addicts and… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Actually, the resolution to his case was rather typical and anyone would have been given the same regardless of whether they had an appointed attorney or retained attorney. He was given no special treatment.

Sadly, that just means that drunk drivers get a slap on the wrist and are free to drive drunk again. Yes, they get their licenses revoked, but that doesn’t keep them off the roads.

Berger received Special Treatment
2015 years 11 months ago

I’m sorry, but my husband had two DWIs, same as Berger, and NEVER a drug charge or any other charge for that matter and was given 8 days in jail, revoked license for 36 mths, supervised probation for 36 mths, alcohol assessment to be completed, and over $3000 in court cost/fines. This was also the only time he ever was in trouble. Also it took three years for it to go before a judge and he has not been in trouble since. So who received special treatment?

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