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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger made his first appearance in court Wednesday on charges of conducting an unsafe movement and driving while impaired on Dec. 18.
The case was continued to April 24.
Berger was stopped around 2 a.m. Dec. 18 in the 200 block of Market Street after an officer observed him perform an unsafe movement with his vehicle.
The officer developed a suspicion that Berger may have been impaired and called in a traffic officer certified in sobriety tests, according to a spokesman for the Wilmington Police Department. After performing the tests, the officers arrested Berger and charged him with DWI.
Berger was processed at the New Hanover County Detention Center and released on an $800 unsecured bond.
Berger has not responded to multiple attempts to contact him. Earlier this month, he told WWAY News Channel 3 he consumed three beers and a shot of liquor the night of the arrest but did not believe he was too drunk to drive.
A toxicology report determined his blood alcohol content was .08—over North Carolina’s legal limit to drive.
Jonathan Spiers can be reached at (910) 772-6313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter: jrspiers