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Berger pleads guilty to DWI, drug charge

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger pleaded guilty this morning to DWI and drug possession. The drug charge, which was originally a felony, was reduced to a misdemeanor.

The charges stem from Berger’s arrest Dec. 6 after Wilmington Police say they found him slumped over the steering wheel of a car on Masonboro Loop Road. Investigators say they found pills in the car.

A judge sentenced Berger to community service while suspending a jail sentence.

This was Berger’s first court appearance since a judge issued a warrant for his arrest for failing to show up to a Jan. 23 court hearing. Berger told WWAY that day he did not know he was supposed to be in court earlier that day. He was due in court for charges of drug possession, DWI and impeding traffic. Berger learned of the warrant in a text from WWAY. He said he was out of the state that day.

Berger was also scheduled for trial Wednesday for a 2012 DWI arrest in downtown Wilmington. That case was delayed because court was canceled because of a winter storm. Court was also canceled Thursday and Friday.

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