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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger had his court case for a DWI charge continued this morning. Berger is due back in court April 24.

Wilmington Police arrested Berger in downtown Wilmington on December 18 around 2 a.m. after they say he made an abrupt left turn in the 200 Block of Market Street. Lab tests revealing Berger’s blood alcohol level was 0.08, which is above the legal limit.

Berger drove to court this morning. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman says Berger’s license is suspended. The Clerk of Court’s office says there is a possibility that Berger was issued a “paper license” in court today that would allow him to drive for the time being, but there is not yet any record that that has happened.

Berger told WWAY after a commission meeting last month that he had had three beers and a shot before he was arrested, but believes that a combination of prescription drugs made him appear more intoxicated.

Berger said he plans to fight the charge.


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  • ChefnSurf

    I’m getting really tired of people asking:
    – “How do we get this guy out of office?”
    – “Who voted this guy into office?”

    C’mon folks, you should know those answers by now! For the last time:
    – We can’t get him out; we have to wait him out.
    – Lots of people voted for him, they just didn’t know he was nuts.

    Moving on to more relevant questions……..

    – Why do our other NHC commissioners continue to allow him to do anything more than just attend the NHC Commission meetings?
    – Why do they allow him to get involved with anything other than just sitting in his chair during those meetings?
    – How can they not know that from this point forward, that a man who is incapable of knowing his license is suspended is also incapable of contributing any sound judgment to any committee or board he is sitting on?

    It’s getting way past time to stop crying in our beer over Berger and to start holding the other commissioners accountable for not putting more effort into completely and totally reining him in. No exceptions.

    Berger, unfortunately, can’t seem to help himself. What’s their excuse?

  • SurfCityTom

    2 Points:

    Perhaps he is unaware of WAVE.

    Don’t underestimate him. For years beyond reason, folks posted and commented on former State Senator Soles. One would have thought there would be much more of an effort to unseat him based on all of those comments. And every election until this past, when he chose to retire, he was re-elected and generally by a wide margin.

    Has anyone stepped up to the plate and begun the steps needed to become better known to the voting public and run a succesful campaign when he stands for re-election.

    In the absence of that, he may be re-elected.

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