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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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22 Comments on "Berger pleads guilty to DWI, drug charge"

2015 years 9 months ago

if people who post put in half as much effort in being informed and getting out to the polls, Berger, White, and others would not be elected.

2015 years 9 months ago

This is like watching a weekly drama on TV. And the saga continues. It’s just not one you like enough to watch. Boring as the people involved.

William Savage
2015 years 9 months ago

How does someone get a DUI “dropped”? Where was the MADD group that’s normally directing DUI sentencing in NH county. My son who served his country and has been documented by the VA with PTSD that was shown to have affected his alcohol problems, could not get a DUI dropped or reduced. “Good ole boy” club is alive and still thrives in NH county.

Old Guy
2015 years 9 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 9 months ago

Family Court here in New Hanover County is much worse!!! They lawyers and the family court judges are all “in bed together”.. This is horrible for everyone who has faith and trust in our system.


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