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Judge issues arrest warrant for Commissioner Brian Berger

A district court judge has issued an arrest warrant for Brian Berger after the New Hanover County commissioner failed to appear in court today to face charges of felony drug possession and impaired driving.

Brian Berger
Brian Berger

Judge Sandra Ray issued the order Thursday morning after Berger was not present for a scheduled appearance in New Hanover County District Court, according to the district attorney’s office. The appearance was a continuation of a previous court date one week earlier.

Berger has kept a low profile since making a first appearance on the charges in December. He has missed every meeting of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners since that time.

Berger was arrested on the charges Dec. 6, when he was found slumped over the steering wheel of a car in the middle of the road in the 3500 block of Masonboro Sound Loop Road in Wilmington. Police found Berger unconscious and in possession of several pills that were determined to be schedule II controlled substances.

Berger, 37, was charged with DWI, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and impeding traffic. The DWI and impeding traffic charges are misdemeanors, while the drug charge is a felony.

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The DWI was the second such charge Berger had received in less than a year, having been charged after performing an unsafe movement in downtown Wilmington in December 2012.

That case, which was continued multiple times in 2013, is scheduled to be heard in court next Wednesday, Jan. 29.

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