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Berger back in court today, returns to commission tomorrow

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Brian Berger made his first public appearance Wednesday since learning last week he will return to the New Hanover County Commission.

"I am trying to be different and am doing the best job I can to keep the promises that I made when I ran and I am going to continue to do that," Berger said. "What the rest of the board does, you have to ask them."

His return to the spotlight was in New Hanover County Court for a DWI charge from December. He'll have to wait until at least this December to go to trial.

"It is going to be done before the year anniversary," District Attorney Ben David said.

David says the case was continued so an outside judge can hear it and so out-of-town witnesses can testify, including the WPD officer who made the stop and now lives in New Jersey. Prosecutors also want to see if SBI tests on Berger's blood find anything other than alcohol in his system.

Thursday Berger rejoins the commission. As he left court, we asked Berger how he thought his return will go.

"I think you would have to ask (the other commissioners) how they plan on treating me," Berger said. "I hope they will professional and collegial and amicable."

Berger was adamant that once he is back in his seat, he will focus on issues he campaigned on.

And as Berger prepares to face his fellow commissioners publicly for the first time since his amotion hearing, he says he is ready and not nervous at all.

Commissioners meet for an agenda briefing tomorrow at 4 p.m. We'll have an update on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.

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