County Commissioner Brian Berger arrested, shares his side of the story
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Brian Berger just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The New Hanover County commissioner was once again in court, this time for violating a domestic violence order requested by ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.
Berger attended a Community Action Incorporated board meeting Monday, held at their office on 507 North 6th Street, the same building where Blaylock works. Berger’s protection order specifically forbids him from going to Blaylock’s place of work.
“I had no idea that the building was where she worked,” said Berger. “In fact, I haven’t spoken to her in so long and really don’t particularly care about where she works or how she chooses to spend her time.”
Berger turned himself in to Sheriff’s Deputies Wednesday.
“I’m not going to apologize for doing my job, fighting corruption and fighting for transparency, which is what I was attempting to do,” said Berger as he left the courtroom. “This is the result of trying to do the right thing.”
Blaylock did not want to go on camera, but did say Berger’s constant harassment has gone too far. Since she requested the protective order, it seems Berger has retaliated by trying to take her to small claims court multiple times, which also requires her to be in court with Berger.
From $9 for a classroom plant, to $120 for a cockroach infestation which he claims Blaylock caused, to five DVD’s at $20 each, to $2,400 in rent, Berger wanted it all back. However, one claim was dismissed because Berger showed up late to court.
Blaylock says it was a waste of her time and just one more way for Berger to harass her. Her lawyer had filed for contempt, but she dismissed the claim last Friday.
Berger hopes this situation does not cause the other New Hanover County Commissioners to once again push for his resignation.
“Any board member that seeks to call for my resignation or gain politically from any false allegations against me or any tragedy in my life as appears to be the case, I think that speaks volumes to their lack of character,” Berger said.
Berger also says that because of Blaylock’s mental health issues, this story is far from over.
“I think this is just the beginning of what will be a story that drags unfortunately,” said Berger.
Berger was issued a $1,000 unsecured bond and his next court date is scheduled for early January.
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