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Berger assault charge dropped; Goolsby attorney

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County District Attorney has dropped an assault charge against New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger.

Berger's attorney Sen. Thom Goolsby said the case was dealt with Tuesday. Goolsby said he appeared in court on Berger's behalf after Goolsby and Assistant DA Lillian Salcines Bright agreed to resolve the case.

"That was no assault clearly," Goolsby said about the allegations against Berger.

Berger was charged June 10 with assault on a female after an altercation with his ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock. She called police after she said Berger got angry when she came to his home to get some of her personal items she said he was throwing away.

Blaylock also told police Berger had ripped off a door handle on her car as she tried to drive away. Blaylock later said the whole incident was blown out of proportion. Goolsby said Berger received a prayer for judgement continued on the resulting damage to personal property charge. That means there was no judgement entered on the charge.

"He has to pay for damages if there are any, but we have not seen any damage," Goolsby said.

WWAY has called Berger for comment. So far, he has not returned our call.

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