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FIRST ON 3: Brian Berger arrested for DWI, colleagues respond

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger was arrested again this morning. This time for driving while impaired.

Wilmington Police arrested berger in downtown Wilmington around 2 a.m. Officers say they pulled Berger over for making making “an abrupt left turn” in the 200 block of Market Street.

Other officers were called in to do field sobriety tests. After two breath alcohol tests and a blood test, police arrested Berger and booked him into the New Hanover County Jail around 6:45 a.m. He left at 8 a.m. after James Canoni posted an $800 unsecured bond for Berger.

New Hanover County Commissioners past and present say they thought the distractions were over from berger.

Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says this may be a sign that the community needs to come together to support Berger.

“I think as a community, at this point, we need to number one lift the man up in prayer and find a way to build a support system around him to help him through whatever he’s dealing with,” Berger said.

Beth Dawson says she thought with new commissioners in place things would be different. She hopes this does not distract the new board for the business at hand.

Former commissioners Rick Catlin and Ted Davis are no strangers to Berger’s run-ins with the law.

Now a state representative-elect, Catlin says he does not have plans to sponsor any legislation to allow voters to recall Berger.

Davis, also new to the state house, says he is exploring the idea, but he wants to make sure it is the right move for North Carolina and that lawmakers are not opening up Pandora’s box.

We have tried to contact Berger by phone, text, and at his home multiple times today, but he has not gotten back to us.

Berger’s next court date is January 16.

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