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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A week after being arrested on domestic violence charges, New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger showed up 15 minutes late to an agenda briefing Thursday. But Angela Lilly was there early to see him.

Lilly was the driver involved in a fender-bender with Berger Tuesday afternoon. After the accident she found out from Berger’s insurance company that the Jeep he was driving was uninsured. Lilly, who like Berger is unemployed, now does not know how she or Berger will pay for repairs to her car.

Berger told WWAY he had insurance for the BMW he used to drive, but did not switch the insurance to the Jeep until after the accident.

“I can’t believe he hasn’t at least called to check to see if I was ok,” said Lilly. “He hasn’t even contacted his insurance company to even report it, so it just makes me think that he’s really just trying to hide something.”

Lilly says Berger has not returned her calls about the accident, which is why she showed up to the meeting. Berger said his attorney advised him not to return the calls.

The accident report from Tuesday also says the home addresses Berger and Lilly gave the investigating officer are not the same addresses that are on their respective driver licenses. Berger, though, has used the address he gave the officer at least as far back as October 2005.

The insurance issue is the latest in a series of missteps by the Republican elected to the commission last fall. Fellow commissioners said following Berger’s arrest last week that he needs to get focused and avoid any more distractions from county business.


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  • Guestwb

    Really!! Replace him ASAP.

  • Cathatarts

    I find it strange that someone who is drawing unemployment and who makes17k as a county commissioner. Can afford to buy a BMW and a jeep. But cannot afford insurance.
    He must be printing money.

  • Guest1011

    Please replace Berger with Ricky Meeks! Even riding the city bus, at least Ricky would be on time to meetings and we would never have to worry about Ricky having woman problems. Ohhh what a sad county we live in and ohhh how ashamed I am to say I am a Republican.
    To use the Vice Chair’s words from the NHC GOP, “what goes around comes around” like he used to WWAY; the only thing that will “come around” will be our Republican Party being rightly labeled as a leaderless band of idiots if this problem of Berger’s AND Amoroso’s incompetance is not dealt with quickly!

  • Guest Apu

    My question is, will the WPD charge him with operating a motor vehicle with no insurance?

  • WilmingtonMAJ

    If it was a private sale when he bought the jeep, it would only transfer if he called and gave them the specifics. Happens all the time

  • Straight Shooter

    Come on NHC Republican Party, which I’m now embarrassed to say I’m a member of, it’s past time to demand Berger’s resignation!

  • Berger_Weiner_Fries

    Jay Leno would love to know about the Berger. He would have a field day with it.

  • Straight Shooter

    Why is Berger not charged with operating a motor vehical with no insurance?

  • WillBDone

    It seems that Rhonda Amoroso and the rest of the bunch at our GOP Headquarters have taken down the contact information from their website. They used to have email addresses listed, but “Puff” they’re gone! I was going to send this as a link to make sure she saw what her little darling was up to, but I guess she doesn’t want to her from us.

    I guess they don’t want our checks either!!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    It’s like I said last week – anyone who goes from crisis to crisis to crisis is a life mis-manager, a total incompetent boob at life’s routine requirements that are second nature to a normal person.

    You can also place a substantial bet that like most of those irresponsible individuals, he’ll claim that none of these events are his fault!

    I certainly wish that someone had said, “By the way, this guy can’t be counted on to change his skivvies without someone standing over him,” to warn the voters.

    Stand by for his apologists to show up…..

  • Just a thought

    His attorney for some money to help pay for all the damages…to the lady that he got into a crash with AND his girlfriend’s car that he tore up last week…I mean, apparently his attorney should have a lot of extra cash lying around since he just PLEAD GUILTY to tax evasion…

  • Move on

    Okay!!! We get it Berger is a bad guy!!! Must the media constantly ride his tail about all the bad things he is doing /has done. The most recent thing with his insurence this Liliy woman. She reports she is upset because he did call to check to see if she was “ok.”. I have been in car accidents before with ppl with insurence and without and no one has ever called me to “see if I were okay”. .. So is this really something that is so outrangeous? So yeah we get itthe man is bad guy.. yeah yeah move on.

  • Guest on one

    How did he have a temporary tag on his jeep without insurance? He had a t-tag a few months ago.

  • Wade griffis

    Actually, Mr. Berger is an immigrant from somewhere in outer space. He can not be charged with being illegal because “Outer Space” beings were here first.

  • SurfCityTom

    under the terms of any personal automobile insurance policy issued in NC, automatic coverage exists for additional or replacement vehicles.

    Basic policy provision found in all policies regrdless of insurance company.

    The coverage lasts for a minimum of 30 days or the reminder of the policy term whichever is longer.

    Of course, one premise is tht the Insured pys his premium on time so his policy does not get cancelled.

    Does not require the Insured to even contact the Insurance Company.

    Privte sale versus a dealer transaction is immaterial.

    Sorry, nice try; but you are incorrect. Feel free to contact the NC Insurance Department in Raleigh for confirmation.

    On the other hand, why has the HP not come by and picked up his plate and registration?

  • Guest28451

    HE was the insured period. The fact that the jeep wasnt listed on his policy is irrelevant technically. It not being insured only means they wouldnt cover any losses he sustained to the vehicle if he damaged it period. That doesnt negate any insurance and liability coverage of his insurance company he had active at the time period. BTW doesnt she have insurance too anybody without un/under insured motorist coverage is an idiot anyway IMO especialy with all the illegals driving without licenses in this state.

  • Guest88888

    No insurance, plowing into law abiding citizens, work history that’s difficult to trace, frequent recipient of policing services…it all adds up!

  • Guest100

    A – Blame the media for fabricating this event.

    B – Blame the victim.

    C – Ignore the story, but remind everyone that you still believe the other commissioners are terrible.

    D – Ignore the story all together and just complain that no one here is using real verifiable names when posting messages.

  • Guest2012

    We’ll see what tomorrow brings!

    If he gets shot out of a cannon, I no longer care!

  • Jesus con carne

    We need


    the whole tamale.

  • Guest1234567

    Mr. Berger needs someone to run and take care of him, not trying to help run a county. I really feel sorry for Mr. Berger. How does a person have this many bad things happen in your life in such a short time?

  • Guest1

    I think I’d rather have former Cong. Anthony Weiner right now as our commissioner than this clown, and I’m a Republican.
    Mr. Berger, I want my vote for you back.

  • Das Weibstück

    The Weiner resigned today, its time for the Berger to do the same. I know…. ha ha ha!

  • Tom O

    This guy is a train wreck and needs to go. It will only get worse not better.

  • guesty

    So you used to have insurance on a BMW but ‘forgot’ to change it to your Jeep. A little too busy? Nope, you are unemployed. County business taking too much time? Nope, you keep showing up late.

  • SurfCityTom

    If he had insurance on a BMW & repleaced the BMW with a jeep, the insurance would automaticaly transfer to the replacement vehicle.

    Seems pretty simple, Unless, he had no current insurance on the BMW in which case he was uninsured and his legal woes have just heightened.

    Certainly raises questions about his decision making abiltiy.

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